When is the tournament?
The event date changes each year due to the venue availability, but typically it is the last or second-last Saturday in June. Check the homepage for the date of the next Lakefront 7s.
What is the team fee?
Our current age-based pricing can be found here.
Do players or teams need an active membership with USA Rugby (formerly CIPP)?
No. The Lakefront 7s festival is not a sanctioned USA Rugby event (here’s why). Members of USA Rugby will not receive membership benefits such as secondary medical insurance for incidents that occur at the Lakefront 7s festival.
How much is the team entry fee?
The entry fee varies by age group. See the registration fees page for current prices.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
On-site parking is available for the day (cash only, no overnight parking). Shuttle busses are not available. More details can be found on our parking page.
What can/can’t I bring to the event?
Pets and weapons are not allowed. Professional photographers and videographers require accreditation.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
What is the refund policy?
A full refund for team registrations will be provided if you notify us of your cancellation 30 days before the day of the tournament. After this time, refunds will not be provided. Full details on refunds are also available.
Do you accept debit/credit cards for concessions and merchandise?
Are ATMs available on site to withdraw cash?
Can I register the day of the event?
How many fields are at the venue?
A lot. Please refer to the venue page for a detailed map.
How many players can each side have?
15 for most teams except USA Rugby qualifying matches which can only have 12 (see also the full competition rules).
Can I just show up and play for any team?
Yes, under limited circumstances. (A) You must include your name and sign the team’s liability waiver, and (B) you must only play for one team on the day of the event.
Why are there so many rules? Can’t my team just show up?
With 150+ matches played every year, organization, communication, and on-time execution are paramount. To ensure a smooth event, we have firm policies on registration deadlines, kickoff times, scheduling, etc. We believe this results in a more consistent and enjoyable experience for all participants.