Have your say: Should Magic Weekend stay in Newcastle or leave?

There has been a lot of debate recently surrounding Magic Weekend and its next destination and we want to know what you think.

The annual event took place for a fourth consecutive year at St James’ Park at the weekend, home of Newcastle United FC.

However, the attendance fell to its lowest since its arrival in the North East.

The first Magic Weekend in Newcastle was staged in 2015. It’s debut year saw a total of 67,841 fans in attendance at St James’ Park, with the figure for 2016 being 68,276, the highest for a Magic event at Newcastle.

However, the crowd numbers have declined since 2016.

There were 65,407 people in attendance last year and this season’s Magic Weekend brought 64,319 spectators to Newcastle.

The numbers haven’t gone down drastically, but it shouldn’t be ignored. It is unlikely that the attendance will beat its record if it stays in Newcastle for a fifth straight year.

It has been rumoured that New York could possibly host Magic Weekend in 2019, while there is speculation of a return to the Etihad Stadium, home of Manchester City FC.

A number of fans have got in touch with us on the Love Rugby League social media pages and have said they would like to see it taken back to Cardiff, in an attempt to put rugby league in the spotlight in Wales for the weekend.

Others would like to see it staged a little bit closer to the heartlands, like Sheffield or Liverpool.

We want to know what YOU think.

Should Magic Weekend stay in Newcastle or leave? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

27 Comments

  1. Been to all bar 2 of the Magic Weekends. Cardiff was my favourite, followed by Manchester so going back to either of those would be fine. If they want to break new ground though, why not the Midlands? I know Coventry were interested but not sure on what the city has to offer. Nottingham or Birmingham could work!!

  2. Would be good to see Magic Weekend more around the country. Being located in South Wales it would be amazing to have Cardiff as the venue tonout RL back in the public eye.

  3. it needs to go where there is more accommodation. two years running, ten of us were unable to find accommodation
    less than £100 each per night, so we missed out. camping aside, we would try anything. so rfl think about the fans and the cost

  4. It needs to be back to the bank holiday weekend. That’s why a lot aren’t attending. Especially when we (hkr) keep getting put on last game

  5. I love going to Newcastle. The people are great and very welcoming. There’s loads to do and it’s a City Centre location which is very important. The Etihad is not actually in the centre which means you are reliant on the fan zone. You couldn’t take in your own food either. Having visited Coventry there’s nothing really there for a Tourist. I for one would not visit there. It would be the first time I’ve not gone for a weekend.

  6. I think the choice of date is an issue, a bank holiday would encourage more to stay the 2nd day. New York is a ridiculous idea. It needs to be somewhere with the infrastructure in place for transport, accommodation, proximity to city centre etc. That’s why Newcastle and Cardiff worked. I don’t fancy Coventry and I’m not crazy about the Etihad. Would be happy with Cardiff again

  7. All those who say move it because they can’t get cheap accommodation well this will still be the same issue wherever they take it. Nature of the beast unfortunately as accommodation prices will increase as they know peo0le will pay a certain amount. £100 / night isn’t that bad for central locations. Newcastle offers good transport links into the centre be it by bus/ metro or rail. Book earlier to get better prices.
    Newcastle is a good venue as it offers something for everyone. Take the misses/ partner let them go shopping whilst you go to the rugby.

  8. Totally agree with Terri , it should be the first bank holiday of may and let’s go somewhere new , people always get bored in going to the same venue let’s try a new venue and one that isn’t in the heartland

  9. Newcastle has been great and I totally agree that it needs to be moved to the bank holiday weekend. Me and my Dad have been chatting about this for a couple of years and we honestly think we should take it to Perpignan, it’s a fantastic place and the people of Perpignan have always made us feel welcome and it’s a great atmosphere.

  10. New York??? Why?? There’s Rugby League played by Jacksonville Axemen so why is Florida, A prime area for visitors being ignored? . If anything Develop the game closer to home first, like in Wales . Shouldn’t even be a league fixture anyway.Should be a 9’s tournament.

  11. Move it but not new york. We all know the attendance was down due to puttin fc n kr last game on sunday meanin lot people couldnt traveldue to work n unable to take the kids etc.

  12. Newcastle is perfect. No matter where the venue all the hotels etc will put their prices up on a big occasion. If you consider the other big events on during this #MagicWeekend…Royal Wedding, FA Cup, Warrington fight it didn’t do too bad. Add the 4137 attending Newcastle Thunder v Bradford Bulls game then their were 68456 enjoying their rugby league in Newcastle. To improve the attendance perhaps don’t have Magic so near the Summer Bash and consider not having the 22 Championship and League 1 games played on the same weekend as many of those players, families and fans would love to attend.

  13. We went both it was in Edinburgh and the first twice at Manchester. Stopped going when they switched from the bank holiday because we needed to get back to Glasgow for work on the Monday.
    Didn’t go to Cardiff because we’d have had to take Friday off to get there on time, not an option for my wife who is a teacher. Could do Cardiff now if they move it back to the bank holiday as we’ve both changed our hours and have Fri off!

  14. Wouldn’t say the toon is dying down to say there was a coupe thousand less considering there was a royal wedding, bank holiday and a fa cup final in that weekend still is a good attendance, the first day looked good but thats due to what games were on, bring back the derbies to bring people in and wanna stay behind or come before there own teams game…. personally tho id love to see it in Liverpool, being a Liverpool fan i can tell ylu it’s perfect, plenty of pubs and fan park areas

  15. Loved it at the Etihad, easy to get to and lost of places around to eat and drink outside. Don’t think NY should be an option, alot of people would havr to take time of work and for a family its far too expensive

  16. I think the overall numbers where down, because of the game schedule, Having Leeds, Wigan, Cas, St.Helen and Warrington, all on the same day was daft.
    I also think Etihad is best.

  17. Will be difficult to better Newcastle as a host location given the stadiums city center location, which for me seals the deal and makes me want to stay the weekend with quick easy access to pubs restaurants accommodation and things to do. Don’t think I can over state the importance of being able to amble out of your accommodation, grab a bite to eat, a few beers and then take a leisurely stroll to the stadium without having to hail a cab catch a bus / train. Cardiff would also come a close 2nd. Although I live in the ‘heartlands’ I quite like the idea of the Magic Weekend being outside of these confines.

  18. Will be difficult to better Newcastle as a host location given the stadiums city center location, which for me seals the deal and makes me want to stay the weekend with quick easy access to pubs restaurants accommodation and things to do. Don’t think I can over state the importance of being able to amble out of your accommodation, grab a bite to eat, a few beers and then take a leisurely stroll to the stadium without having to hail a cab catch a bus / train. Cardiff would also come a close 2nd. Although I live in the ‘heartlands’ I quite like the idea of the Magic Weekend being outside of these confines.

  19. Keep it at Newcastle. I’ve been to many of the other UK based grounds that are being put forward and none have the appeal that Newcastle provides. The only downside is hotels but if we go back to Cardiff etc, what you’ll save in hotels you’ll spend in fuel so neither here nor there.

  20. In order to sustain and grow attendance figures Magic weekend needs to be on a bank holiday weekend (allows for travel and time off work) in the UK at a suitably sized venue (abroad would see an empty stadium, poor atmosphere and look bad on tv putting people off attending future events) and on terrestrial TV!!

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