The last two Newcastle United seasons have seen a Rugby League Magic Weekend take place after the finale of the football, before the pitch is replaced for the next campaign.

Starting in 2007 in Cardiff, the Magic Weekend is an initiative to try and expand/spread interest in Rugby League, with a full set of fixtures played over the course of one weekend at just a single venue.

Edinburgh has also been a venue to host the event in recent years and the eventually Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium.

Due to building work at the Etihad, the event was moved temporarily to St James Park in 2015 and then again in 2016, but now the Hull Daily Mail have revealed that the Magic Weekend is set to stay in Newcastle for a third year in a row – with an official announcement imminent.

The two biggest weekend attendances in the history of the Magic Weekend have been the two held at St James Park,

The tender process has been completed and Newcastle United’s St James Park is said to have beaten Manchester City’s Etihad and the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

Fancy that, punters fancying a weekend in Newcastle rather than Coventry or Manchester…

(If you haven’t already, read these class comments from Brentford fans talking about their weekend in Newcastle Upon Tyne – go HERE)