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MAGIC WEEKEND EXPERIENCE

Magic Weekend brings a festival atmosphere to St James' Park as fans from all clubs mingle in the fan village before enjoying the action in the bowl.

24th AUGUST 2013 TETLEY'S CHALLENGE CUP FINAL WEMBLEY STADIUM

Newcastle to host Magic Weekend in 2015

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St. James’ Park in Newcastle will host a full round of First Utility Super League fixtures next May when Rugby League’s unique six-match extravaganza takes place in the North East for the first time.

The event will see the sport’s elite players from the 12 Super League clubs showcase their skill and athleticism in six matches – three on Saturday May 30 and three on Sunday May 31 – at the home of Premier League football club Newcastle United.

Rugby League fans from around the country are expected to converge in their thousands to watch the action and experience the famous hospitality, sights and sounds of a city and region which welcomes millions of visitors each year.

Super League General Manager Blake Solly believes Newcastle is the ideal venue in 2015.

“St James’ Park is one of Britain’s iconic sporting stadiums and Newcastle is a fantastic destination city that will provide the perfect backdrop to the First Utility Super League Magic Weekend,” said Solly.

“From all our engagement with Newcastle United, the local authority and other agencies, it is clear that the region will welcome Rugby League fans with open arms and I have no doubts that Magic Weekend 2015 will be a huge success.

“We did receive interest in staging Magic Weekend from a number of other venues but none provided as good a fit as Newcastle for many reasons, including its transport links, hotel and accommodation options and opportunities for our fans to enjoy a weekend to remember.”

As well as the exciting action on the pitch, visitors to Newcastle can take in sights such as the Angel of the North and Tyne Bridge, and visit the award-winning Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art and The Sage.

Famous for shopping destinations such as the Metrocentre and its lively nightlife where fans can unwind after watching a thrilling day of Rugby League, Newcastle ticks all the boxes to make Magic Weekend 2015 a memorable one.

Sean Bullick, Chief Executive of NE1 Ltd said: “NE1 is delighted to be hosting Magic Weekend and to be welcoming Rugby League teams and fans to Newcastle.  

“The city is well placed to host Magic Weekend and we will give a fabulous welcome to the visiting teams and the 65,000 expected spectators.

“The economic impact of this will be significant, particularly for the hotels and restaurants, as well as the retailers. Similar events such as the 2012 Olympics and Great North Run have generated millions of pounds for the city.

“Large scale events like this do a fantastic job of promoting Newcastle and the wider region.  I’m sure visiting fans will have a fantastic time in the city and we hope this will be the best Magic Weekend so far.”

Details of Magic Weekend 2015 fixtures, kick-off times and tickets will be announced mid-November. Sign up on the left hand side of this page and we will keep you updated with latest information on fixtures and ticket sales.  

Fans looking to secure discounted accommodation early in the North East can do so via a special Magic Weekend website portal - www.newcastlegateshead.com/magic2015

 

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United by seven bridges across a spectacular riverscape, Newcastle (on the north bank of the River Tyne) and Gateshead (on the south bank) form a single vibrant visitor destination. NewcastleGateshead is the place to come for thrilling sport, dazzling culture and superb shopping, great places to eat and - it’s not just us that say it - one of Europe’s best nights out! And it’s all served up with a hearty helping of our famous Geordie friendliness, from the moment our iconic Angel of the North welcomes you - literally - with open arms.

At intu Eldon Square you can hop from major department stores like John Lewis and Fenwick to chic boutiques without stepping outside. Intu Metrocentre, Europe’s largest indoor shopping and leisure centre, has over 300 shops as well as restaurants, an IMAX cinema and an entertainment centre to keep kids of all ages amused.

Fancy a spot of history? Then admire the view from the Norman Castle Keep, standing on the original site of the ‘New Castle’ which gave the city its name. Or step back over 2,000 years to discover our Roman heritage at the Great North Museum: Hancock. And there’s plenty more in store at the Hancock, from live pythons and lizards to a life-size T-Rex skeleton! If you’re hungry for more learning fun, head to Life Science Centre and discover just what makes you human with interactive science demonstrations, a daring 4D motion ride and a range of films and live events in Britain's most popular planetarium.

For a stunning roof-top view and spot of fine dining visit SIX at BALTIC. Or experience a touch of glamour at Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse Bar and Grill. If you’re on the lookout for great Geordie beers with tasty pub classics, head to The Broad Chare on the Quayside, recent winner of a Michelin Bib Gourmand.

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