Sky Sports will present all six games of Magic Weekend, to be held at St James’ Park on September 4-5; kick off times to be confirmed; hopes fans can witness PM’s roadmap outside of lockdown
Last updated: 23/02/21 13:01 pm
The Super League has confirmed this year’s Magic Weekend matches in Newcastle, with all six matches again being broadcast live on Sky Sports.
The event will return to Newcastle’s St James’s Park in 2021 on subsequent dates of September 4 and 5, with the hope that as large a crowd as possible can attend on both days of the weekend.
Although the weekend has been slightly reformatted to allow for the inclusion of newly promoted Leigh Centurions, the other 11 teams will play the same days they were due last year in thanks to fans who kept their tickets to the event. carried over from 2020.
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“Dacia Magic Weekend is an important part of the Betfred Super League calendar and it’s great to have the event included in our plans for the coming 2021 season,” said Super League Commercial Director Rhodri Jones.
“Following the Prime Minister’s latest update on easing lockdown restrictions, we are optimistic to be able to welcome fans to St James’ Park to enjoy the festival atmosphere that makes Dacia Magic Weekend so special.
“With the event falling later in the calendar this year, everything could be played out in the later stages of the season with teams chasing the League Leaders shield, play-off spots or looking to avoid relegation.
“I would like to thank Dacia for their continued support for this event, as well as our event partners at Newcastle United, Newcastle City Council, Newcastle-Gateshead Initiative and NE1, and once again to Sky Sports for continuing to bring fans their excellent coverage of this unique event. “
We are optimistic about the possibility of welcoming fans to St James’ Park to enjoy the festival atmosphere which makes Dacia Magic Weekend so special.
Super League Commercial Director Rhodri Jones
Kick-off times have yet to be confirmed, but this year’s magical weekend kicks off with Castleford Tigers taking on Challenge Cup winners Salford Red Devils on Saturday.
This is followed by back-to-back Super League champions St Helens against the Catalans’ Dragons, with a clash in Yorkshire between Leeds Rhinos and Hull FC ending matchday one.
Huddersfield Giants and Wakefield Trinity begin Matchday 2, followed by Wigan Warriors and Warrington Wolves renewing their rivalry. The weekend ends with newcomer Leigh, making their first Magic Weekend appearance since 2017, taking on the Hull Kingston Rovers.
Ged Bell, a member of the Newcastle City Council for Jobs and Culture cabinet, expressed his joy that Magic Weekend is returning to St James’ Park, where it was previously held from 2015 to 2018.
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But while organizers remain hopeful of being able to accommodate as many supporters as possible, contingency plans are in place around any regulations to tackle the spread of Covid-19 which is still in effect in September.
“The Prime Minister’s journey out of lockdown means fans will be returning to stadiums again in the coming months, which means we can look forward to this excellent event with renewed optimism,” said Cllr Bell.
“It is important that we look to this event and plan for any eventuality. The deployment of the vaccine, the localized testing and tracing systems and a better understanding of the virus give us a glimmer of hope that Magic Weekend may once again attract Record crowds at St James’ Park.
“However, if restrictions are still in place, we will work closely with the Super League, NE1 and businesses in the city to maximize the opportunity in any way possible.”
Dacia Magic Weekend 2021 Calendar
Saturday September 4: Castleford Tigers v Salford Red Devils, St Helens v Catalans Dragons, Leeds Rhinos v Hull FC.
Sunday September 5: Huddersfield Giants v Wakefield Trinity, Wigan Warriors v Warrington Wolves, Leigh Centurions v Hull Kingston Rovers.