It's Magic (Again) At Newcastle

Last updated : 19 October 2016 By Footy Mad - Editor

The Magic Weekend is returning to Newcastle.

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The 2017 event will be returning to St James’ Park, Newcastle, on Saturday 20th May and Sunday 21st May.

Magic Weekend was first held in Newcastle in 2015 and returned for a second year in 2016 when more than 68,000 fans attended across the weekend – the highest ever recorded for the two-day event.

The fixtures for Magic Weekend 2017 have also been revealed with three Betfred Super League games taking place on the Saturday and three on the Sunday.

Wigan Warriors and Warrington Wolves will face each other in a rematch of the 2016 Super League Grand Final in the closing game on Saturday evening.

The two other Super League semi-finalists, Hull FC and St Helens, will face each other on Saturday afternoon following the opening fixture of the weekend, Widnes Vikings v Wakefield Trinity which kicks off the round of Betfred Super League fixtures at 2:30pm.

Catalans Dragons and Huddersfield Giants will kick off the second day of the annual Rugby League extravaganza when they go head-to-head.

Leigh Centurions will get their first ever taste of a Dacia Magic Weekend as they take on theSalford Red Devils before one of the most eagerly anticipated clashes of the Rugby League season, a Yorkshire derby between Leeds Rhinos and Castleford Tigers.

The city has made us feel incredibly welcome and we know that our fans love visiting the North East, not just to witness a whole round of the Betfred Super League, but also to take in everything else that this wonderful city and surrounding area has to offer.

– Mark Foster, Super League General Manager

It is estimated that the 2016 Dacia Magic Weekend was worth more than £4m to the local economy in the North East.

The full 2017 Dacia Magic Weekend schedule:

Saturday May 20th 2017 2:30pm - Widnes Vikings v Wakefield Trinity

4:45pm - Hull FC v St Helens

7pm - Wigan Warriors v Warrington Wolves

Sunday May 21st 2017 1pm - Catalans Dragons v Huddersfield Giants

3:15pm - Leigh Centurions v Salford Red Devils

5:30pm - Castleford Tigers v Leeds Rhinos