Magic Weekend set to remain at Anfield

James Gordon

Super League chief executive Robert Elstone says his preference is for Magic Weekend to remain at Anfield for 2020, despite interest from elsewhere.

After four years at Newcastle’s St James’ Park, Anfield hosted the weekend for the first time in 2019, attracting an aggregate crowd of 56,869, the lowest since 2010 in Edinburgh.

He told PA: “We have real competition for Magic as an event from a couple of very serious venues – today there was a conversation with another venue in the south of England – and we will be putting a recommendation to clubs before the end of the month.

“A lot will depend on the commercial deal but I’m a firm believer in Magic being used to celebrate Super League and being refreshed on a regular basis by taking it to new areas.

“Anfield and St James’ are very keen to stage Magic in 2020 and my personal preference will be to stay at Anfield and see it build over at least one or two more years.”

Meanwhile, Elstone has revealed that Catalans are keen to bring Magic Weekend to France.

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