Rugby international test match
This event is not just about the rugby. There is lots of entertainment and food to tempt people of all ages to come out and support.
What to expect
The gates open at 2 p.m. and two live local bands – Zipper Envy and The Neverines – will take to the stage, while food vendors supply a variety of local and international dishes from sandwiches to smoked pig roasts, jerk chicken, jerk pork, donairs, burgers, hot dogs, ribs, and so much more. Liquid refreshments will also be available for purchase, with an exciting atmosphere building until kickoff under the lights at 6 p.m.
This year, in partnership with local Radio station Z99, twenty lucky ladies will travel to the game by limousine, have a VIP package, and get to meet all of the teams at the official team reception immediately after the match.
The teams will be welcomed to the grounds by an enthusiastic crowd and local singers will perform each team’s anthem prior to the kickoff. Eighty minutes of blistering action, hard hitting tackles and sublime skills and speed follow.
The half-time show includes a ‘win Heineken for a year’ kicking competition, and DJ Jacko Jackson ensures that no matter what the result of the game, the crowd stays happy and entertained all the way until closing at 10:30 p.m. in the beer gardens with yet more music and dancing at the official after party, which of course includes all of the players from the match itself.
The whole day exudes a fun atmosphere and is a celebration of Cayman’s sporting culture and success. It is enjoyed by over 2,000 locals, and is quickly becoming a “must attend” event for corporate hospitality and networking opportunities, not just in the Cayman Islands, but around the region.
Cayman has a solid history in the Big Game, having won three of four previous encounters on home soil. The team has notched up impressive wins over Mexico, Bahamas and Bermuda before succumbing to USA South, 24 to 21, in 2014.
Cayman Big Game forms part of the North American & Caribbean Rugby Association (NACRA) championships played between fourteen Caribbean countries each year. The competition is split into north and south divisions, with the south having three tiers and the north three tiers, with relegation and promotion between the tiers at the end of each international season.
Cayman is in the top tier in the north with USA South and Mexico. Mexico plays USA South on March 7 in Mexico City, while USA South hosts Cayman on March 21 in Atlanta.
Mexico then travels to Cayman for the series decider on April 11 and the Stepping Stones Big Game. The winner of the northern tier will go on to play the winner of the south in the NACRA final on April 25.
The Cayman Big Game is scheduled for April 11 at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex. Gates open at 2 p.m. with a 6 p.m. kickoff. Tickets are $25 to buy online at caymanrugby.com, saving you $10 on the face value.