Championship fixtures record amazing attendances

Last week, despite the fact many fans were watching the Magic Weekend, the Championship fixtures recorded some amazing attendances.

Last weekend’s aggregate of 17,882 for the seven matches was the highest of the season and the highest since round 8 in 2022.

It included season’s best figures for Batley (v York, for their Jo Cox memorial day); Newcastle (v Bradford, which kicked off Magic Weekend); and Toulouse (v Halifax).

Each of the seven games had a four-figure gate.

Toulouse’s attendance is the 4th highest for the Championship this season – top 5 now as follows:

Round Fixture Attendance Season
1 Bradford Bulls v Whitehaven RLFC 4,878 2023
3 Bradford Bulls v Widnes Vikings 4,827 2023
5 Featherstone Rovers v Bradford Bulls 4,809 2023
13 Toulouse Olympique v Halifax Panthers 4,806 2023

7            Keighley Cougars v Bradford Bulls            4,793

The Magic Weekend 2023 meanwhile was brilliant and that was reflected in an impressive attendance.

Salford Red Devils and Hull KR produced a classic clash, Catalans Dragons stunned Wigan Warriors and right now Leeds Rhinos and Castleford Tigers are engaged in a tight affair.

Then we have seen Leigh Leopards and St Helens produce statement wins over Wakefield Trinity and Huddersfield Giants prior to an intriguing clash between Hull FC and Warrington Wolves.

For much of this year it has been questioned whether the 2023 Magic Weekend will be the last event of its kind.

The fans have certainly had their say on whether it should say.

A huge 36,943 fans were in attendance yesterday with 17,000 in for the first game of the day which broke the record for most fans at the opening game.

There was also an aggregate attendance of 63,269 fans was recorded by the event which is the highest since 2018 and the sixth highest ever.