Magic Weekend Is Here!
One of the biggest weekends in the rugby league calendar is coming to Newcastle’s St. James’ Park on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th July. The Dacia Magic Weekend is a sporting weekend like no other, full of exciting fixtures, brilliant entertainment and fun for all the family – whether you’re a rugby fan or not!
Here, we give you the lowdown on everything you need to know about the Dacia Magic Weekend…
What is Magic Weekend?
For those who don't know, Magic Weekend will see twelve rugby league teams bringing the excitement and energy of live sport to the city, complete with unbelievable athleticism, huge hits and breath-taking tries!
There will be six clashes throughout the weekend: on Saturday 9th, see St Helens play Wigan Warriors, Leeds Rhinos play Castleford Tigers and Wakefield Trinity take on Toulouse Olympique. On Sunday 10th, matches feature Huddersfield Giants v Salford Red Devils, Catalans Dragons v Warrington Wolves and Hull KR v Hull FC.
Which are the games to watch out for?
The big clashes are the two highly anticipated derby matches between St Helens and Wigan Warriors, and Hull Kingston Rovers and Hull FC, who will each be fighting for their place at the top of the competition.
What else is on?
If six big matches isn’t enough, there are also matches from the Learning Disability Super League, who will be playing during half-time on Sunday. The truly inspirational team of sportspeople will play an adapted version of the sport which is exciting and fun to watch.
How much are tickets?
Because all matches are played over two days, tickets are a total bargain. You’ll get to see all twelve teams go head to head from £25 per day for an adult ticket, with concessions from £12.50. For the whole weekend, it’s just £40 for an adult’s ticket and £20 for under 16s. If you’re heading down with a group of friends or a family crowd, book as a group of 15 or more and save 40%!
Can I come and go throughout the day?
One of the unique things about Magic Weekend is their pass-out system, meaning you can leave the arena and check out the city or have fun in the Fanzone whenever you like. Your seats are unreserved, and you can also have a drink or eat at your seat.
What can I do outside the stadium?
It’s not all about the sport – in fact, there’s just as much entertainment outside in the Fanzone as there is excitement in the stadium! Located on Strawberry Place and open from 11am-7.30pm on Saturday and 11am-5.30pm on Sunday, you can enjoy a fairground atmosphere with rides and games, plus live music from local rock ‘n’ roller Andrew Cushin on Saturday and Radio 1 DJ Matt Bailey will be spinning the wheels of steel!
Rugby fans can enjoy challenges and the opportunity to have a go at virtual refereeing; and you can even get to meet your favourite ex-players and take a selfie with the glittering trophies.
Don’t miss this excellent opportunity to see some of rugby league’s biggest stars. No matter whether you’re a rugby aficionado or just fancy a fun day out, Magic Weekend has something for everyone.