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Newcastle Beats Coventry To Host ‘Magic Weekend’

9 years ago

At the weekend there were reports that St James Park would host the ‘Magic Weekend’ for Rugby League next year.

It has today been confirmed that Newcastle beat Coventry amongst others to host the event, while last year’s venue Manchester City’s Etihad is having work done.

The home of Newcastle United is already scheduled to be staging Rugby Union World Cup matches next October (2015) but now the other Rugby code will be on display in May 2015.

Starting in 2007, each season Rugby League has chosen a non-traditional Rugby League venue to host an extra round of matches featuring all 12 Super League clubs, all taking place over one (magic) weekend.

Previous hosts have been Cardiff and Edinburgh’s Murrayfield, while Manchester City’s Etihad has hosted the last two Magic Weekends.

The move is likely to be linked to longer term ambitions of spreading the Super League into the north east, following the previous failure with Gateshead Thunder back in the 90s.

Thunder now exist as a semi-professional team, under the ownership of Newcastle Falcons.

The Magic Weekend will take place at St.James’ Park on the weekend after the end of the Premier League season, the 30th/31st May.

Super League’s general manager, Blake Solly;

“St. James’ Park is one of Britain’s iconic sporting stadiums and Newcastle is a fantastic city that will provide the perfect backdrop to the Super League Magic Weekend.

“We did receive interest in staging Magic Weekend from a number of other venues but none provided as good a fit as Newcastle for many reasons, including its transport links, hotel and accommodation options and opportunities for our fans to enjoy a weekend to remember.”

Yes it must have been difficult wondering whether it would be easier to sell the delights of Newcastle Upon Tyne or Coventry for a weekend, to the Rugby League fraternity…


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