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Magic Weekend returns to Newcastle in 2018

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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.

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We are delighted to be bringing the Dacia Magic Weekend back to Newcastle for a fourth year. We had a number of other cities bid to host what is a fantastic event but Newcastle is a great venue for us – the stadium, the welcome we receive from the people of the North East mean that our fans love to come to Newcastle for the weekend.

The support from Newcastle City Council, NE1, and Newcastle United help make the games extremely successful. We are really excited to return next year and hope to achieve record attendances in Newcastle for the fourth year running.”

– Super League General Manager, Mark Foster
The Magic Weekend has taken place at St James' Park for the last three years Credit: PA

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.

We’revery proud to have hosted the Dacia Magic Weekend for the last three years, and as excited as always to be hosting this magnificent sporting event once again in 2018.

As everyone who’s attended in previous years will know, it’s a fantastic weekend of rugby which has consistently welcomed sell-out crowds and has become of the ‘jewels in the crown’ in Newcastle’s annual sporting calendar."

– Lee Charnley, Newcastle United's managing director