Magic Weekend returns to Newcastle in 2016

Super League have confirmed that Magic Weekend will be held at St James’ Park, the home of Newcastle United FC, in 2016.

The fixture list has also been revealed, with Leeds and Wigan set to clash again.

But there are other changes to the fixtures, with St Helens set to face Huddersfield, Castleford to play Warrington, and Catalans Dragons to go against Wakefield.

Treble winning Leeds Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott is pleased to be returning to Tyneside next season.

“Magic Weekend is a brilliant event and it’s great that it’s going to be in Newcastle again,” he said.

“It’s a fantastic stadium and there were lots of fans there this year which created a memorable atmosphere. I am particularly pleased for everyone involved in Rugby League in the North East.

“I know from personal experience how hard they have worked down the years to promote our game and it is fitting that they get their reward with another Magic Weekend after the success of last year’s event. Hopefully it will be even better next year.”

One fixture which will not change is the derby between Hull FC and Hull KR, which will bring the weekend to a close as the final game.

Super League General Manager Blake Solly wants the 2016 event to build on 2015’s success.

“We’re delighted that Magic Weekend will be staged at Newcastle’s St James’ Park in 2016,” he said.

“Magic Weekend this year was a huge success. We had a record attendance for the weekend and it contained some incredible moments that will live long in the memory.

“I would like to thank everyone in Newcastle for their support with the event and hopefully we can build on the brilliant success of 2015.”

Lee Charnley, managing director of Newcastle United, added: “Magic Weekend was, without doubt, one of the best events we have ever hosted here at St James’ Park. 

“We welcomed record crowds, the atmosphere was superb – as was the rugby – and there was a collective effort from all those involved to promote Newcastle and the North East to visitors from across the UK.

“Ever since the event in May, we have been working hard together with the City Council and NE1 Ltd to attract the Super League back to Newcastle once again. 

“We are delighted with today’s announcement and look forward to hosting an even more successful Magic Weekend next year.”

2016 Magic Weekend Fixtures:

Saturday May 21

2.30pm – Salford Red Devils v Widnes Vikings
4.45pm – Castleford Tigers v Warrington Wolves
7.00pm – Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors

Sunday May 22

1.00pm – Catalans Dragons v Wakefield Trinity Wildcats
3.15pm – Huddersfield Giants v St Helens
5.30pm – Hull FC v Hull Kingston Rovers

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