THE Fiji Rugby Union hopes the opening of a $20million new stadium will convince the International Rugby Board to bring the Sevens World Series to Fiji.
The FRU said Fiji had the knowledge and the capabilities of hosting world class events like an IRB sanctioned tournament.
FRU operations manager Vilikesa Rinavuaka said the new ANZ stadium, which could cater for 30,000 spectators, would boost Fiji's confidence to bid for an IRB-sanctioned tournament.
"We are absolutely thrilled with the construction of the new stadium and full credit goes to the Fiji Sports Council and the government," Rinavuaka said.
FSC chairman Peter Mazey said the facilities were of international standard. He said IRB representatives were surprised with the look of the new stadium.
"The IRB representatives came here yesterday (Thursday). I think the FRU can now bid to host an IRB tournament," Mazey said.
"IRB were very pleased with the look of the stadium. We are supporting FRU by getting the facilities up to IRB standard but FRU will have to bid for Fiji to host an IRB tournament," he said.
Rinavuaka said they thanked the support from FSC.
"The ground is fantastic and in top condition, the surface is brilliant. It is up to international standard and I believe when the stadium is completed we can show the world that the Pacific and Fiji have the capability and knowledge to host international events.
"The game of rugby is important to us and 7s in particular is a big sport here in Fiji.
"I believe the new stadium will attract the IRB to allow us to host a tournament," Rinavuaka said.
The stadium will be completed on April 22 and host its first international event in June.