The Rugby Football League headquarters will move to the Etihad Campus and we want to know if you think Magic Weekend should be taken back to Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium.
The RFL confirmed on Monday that its headquarters will be moving away from Red Hall and will be relocating to the Etihad Campus in Manchester.
And the new National Rugby League centre at the Etihad Campus will provide the sport with an iconic new home in a renowned sporting city and will offer world-class facilities for every level of the game, from community clubs to the England Senior teams.
Ralph Rimmer, RFL interim CEO, said: “The incredible plans for this campus and the proposal presented to us, that put Rugby League as a central partner, convinced us that this was absolutely the right place for the future headquarters of our sport, both on and off the field.
“Manchester City Council and the City Football Group have been superb throughout the process and demonstrated that they believe there is a strong future for this sport, and we are all in agreement that this future is best served at the Etihad Campus in Manchester.”
RFL rugby director Kevin Sinfield will lead the new England Performance Unit at the Campus later this year, too.
St James’ Park in Newcastle will definitely remain the host for the Magic Weekend this year.
The 2018 Magic Weekend will be the fourth successive year that the event has been held at the home of Newcastle United FC.
Magic Weekend was held at the Etihad Stadium in 2012 and it was the first time that the event was held in England. It was also played there in 2013 and 2014.
And with the RFL HQ relocating to the Etihad Campus and a strong partnership with the City Football Group, could we see another Magic Weekend in Manchester at some point in the near future? Who knows…
We want to know what you think.
Do you think Magic Weekend should be taken back to Manchester after this year? Let us know in the comments below.