2018 Dacia Magic Weekend to return to Newcastle in 2018
Event to return to Newcastle after three successful years
- Wigan to face Warrington at St James’ Park on Saturday May 19
The Dacia Magic Weekend is to return to Newcastle in 2018 with Wigan set to face Warrington Wolves at St James’ Park.
Following the success of the Dacia Magic Weekend in Newcastle over the last three years the 2018 event will be returning to St James’ Park, Newcastle on Saturday May 19 and Sunday May 20.
Magic Weekend has been held in Newcastle every year since 2015 and has drawn in the three highest attendances for the weekend since the event began in 2007.
Following the exciting 24-all draw between Wigan Warriors and Warrington Wolves at St James’ Park in 2016, the two sides will face each once again on Saturday afternoon at 5.15pm.
The opening fixture of the weekend between Widnes Vikings and St Helens kicks off the round of at 3.00pm.
Castleford Tigers and Leeds Rhinos will face each other in a rematch of the 2017 Betfred Super League Grand Final in the closing game on Saturday evening, 7:30pm kick-off.
Salford Red Devils and Catalans Dragons will kick off the second day of the annual Rugby League extravaganza when they go head-to-head for the first time in the event’s history at 1.00pm. Wakefield Trinity then take on Huddersfield Giants at 3.15pm, before Hull KR make their highly anticipated return to Dacia Magic Weekend against derby rivals Hull FC, bringing the curtain down on an action-packed weekend at 5.30pm.
Announcing the decision to return to St James’ Park, Super League General Manager, Mark Foster, said: “We are delighted to be bringing the Dacia Magic Weekend back to Newcastle for a fourth year. We had a number of other cities bid to host what is a fantastic event but Newcastle is a great venue for us – the city has made us feel incredibly welcome over the last three years and we know our fans love to come to Newcastle for the weekend.”
Dacia Communications Manager, Ed Preston said: “Dacia Magic Weekend is something that we’re immensely proud to be a part of. It’s a real festival of the sport and a time for the whole rugby league community to come together. The past two years have been thoroughly enjoyable and we’re very excited to be coming back to Newcastle once again in 2018.”
Cllr Kim McGuinness, Cabinet Member for Culture and Communities at Newcastle City Council said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be hosting Dacia Magic Weekend for a fourth successive year, and to be working with partners to deliver another successful event and attract record breaking crowds.
“Newcastle now has a really strong reputation for hosting major sporting and cultural events, and fans come back time and time again to experience our great city and what is has to offer.
“2018 is set to be a big year for Newcastle with Magic Weekend and the Great Exhibition of the North, and we’re committed to making sure it’s truly memorable for everyone.”
Tickets and day travel for the 2018 Dacia Magic Weekend at St James’ Park, Newcastle, will be on sale from the Warriors soon.
The 2018 Magic Weekend schedule is as follows:
Saturday May 19
Widnes Vikings v St Helens (15.00)
Wigan Warriors v Warrington Wolves (17.15)
Castleford Tigers v Leeds Rhinos (19.30)
Sunday May 20
Salford Red Devils v Catalans Dragons (13.00)
Wakefield Trinity v Huddersfield Giants (15.15)
Hull KR v Hull FC (17.30)