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Magic Weekend set to bring economic boost to Newcastle

Rugby league fans arrive at St James' Park Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Up to seventy thousand rugby league fans are expected on Tyneside, as St James' Park stages the Super League's Magic Weekend.

All twelve of the sport's top flight teams are competing. Many of their supporters have travelled up from the game's northern heartlands to watch their team take part.

With so many visitors, Newcastle's Business Improvement District, NE1 estimates the event will generate between four and five million pounds for the city.

It puts money in tills, brings people into the city centre and that obviously supports jobs. Beyond that it is very much about the profile of the city. We think we've got a fantastic city centre and we want to welcome more people to use it.

– Stephen Patterson, NE1
Supporters buying programmes Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

This is the second year that Newcastle has staged the Super League's Magic Weekend.

And switching codes, St James' Park hosted three matches in the Rugby Union World Cup last autumn.

St James' Park is welcoming rugby league fans Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

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