Super League's Magic Weekend is returning to Newcastle in 2018 for the fourth year.
NE1 Ltd, Newcastle City Council, and NewcastleUnited Football Club say they have pulled off a major coup by luring the tournament back to the city for what has been described as an "unprecedented" fourth year in a row.
The RFL announced their decision to bring Magic Weekend back to the city and St James’ Park as part of the grand unveiling of RFL fixtures for 2018. Magic Weekend is a huge event in the RFL calendar and for the past three years has made its home here in Newcastle at St James’ Park.
This year, five other UK cities were in the running to host the games but organisers say Newcastle beat off this stiff competition to secure the games for the fourth year in a row, something no other UK city has ever achieved.
Last year, audience figures topped over 65,000 with over 90% of supporters attending from outside the region, which boosted the local economy by over £9 million.