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Five venues where the Super League Magic Weekend could be held in future

The Magic Weekend is easily one of the highlights of the Super League year. 

But something that comes up most years is where the Magic Weekend should be held. There was a lot of public indignation when the fan favourite of Newcastle and St. James’ Park as the host was switched to Anfield with many arguing it fell short of expectations. This led to organisers announcing that St. James’ Park would once again host the event in 2020.

So, without looking to past venues for the event and in no particular order, here are five potential new venues for the Magic Weekend.

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London – Capacity: 62,850

London already hosts the Challenge Cup Final and to add another Super League feather to its proverbial cap would go a long way to solidify the sport in the city. With rumours that Championship side London Broncos have finally found a permanent home where they can start to build a solid fan base, it is a great opportunity for more interest to be generated. Like Newcastle Thunder were meant to do in 2020, the Broncos could open the event and if managed properly, it could be the start of a meaningful foothold at club level in The Big Smoke. Plus, it cannot be denied that this stadium is one of the most jaw dropping to ever have been built and for Rugby League to be played there would be a huge boon for fans. The news that Spurs’ stadium will host the Challenge Cup Final in 2022 could also be something of a pre-cursor to the Magic Weekend.

Hampden Park, Glasgow – Capacity: 51, 866

Forays for Rugby League in Scotland haven’t been as much of a success as they were hoped to be. (The glorious experiences of the Principality Stadium and Cardiff were not reciprocated). A city other than Edinburgh would be the best idea if it were to be considered again. Glasgow is by far the best option with Hampden Park the best venue. It is primarily a football stadium therefore the sport of Rugby League is a new concept there. This would create a better atmosphere for fans away from the deafening roar of negligence towards Rugby League that some fans found at the home of Edinburgh RU and the Scottish national team. 

Aviva Stadium, Dublin – Capacity: 51,700

Why on earth should we go from the home of Scottish Rugby Union to the home of Irish Rugby Union? Well, put simply, we haven’t been there before, so why not? Dublin is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe and with great travel links by ferry and cheap flights from both small and large airports, it would be a fantastic location for families. Rugby League needs to be careful though as expansion seems to have been at the forefront of the last couple of years. Encroaching on sporting territory that is quite happy as it is in a country with no Rugby League teams at all could be taken the wrong way. If managed properly though, it should run smoothly. It may even generate interest in the sport without Super League even trying! Does this matter? To the everyday fan, probably not, but Dublin would be a fantastic location to host the event nonetheless. 

Old Trafford – Capacity: 76,000

There is a reason why Old Trafford is known as the Theatre of Dreams. If you are a Saint, a Warrior, or a Rhino you will know why. But only a small portion of Super League clubs have ever gotten to the Grand Final here and it is probable that some clubs will never get the chance. For the fans of these clubs it would be a fantastic opportunity for them to finally get to watch their team play at Old Trafford. The location is perfect for all Super League clubs and the city centre of Manchester is a fantastic place to be. Organisers know this stadium works well for what it wants and the relationship between the two is something to be commended, so why not give it a chance to host another Rugby League event? 

Stadium of Light, Sunderland – Capacity: 49,000 

The northern reaches of England have proved to be a huge success for Rugby League in recent years. It is widely regarded that Newcastle Thunder are expanding in the right way and with the success of the Magic Weekend at St. James’ Park it is clear that something good is brewing in that part of the world. This should give Super League the confidence to try somewhere else in the area and the Stadium of Light is the perfect candidate. Although the smallest venue on the list, it is better to have a packed out crowd than a few thousand empty seats. Its proximity to Newcastle is well within day trip distance and its location by the sea offers families the chance to take advantage of both Seaburn and Roker Beaches. This location ticks all the boxes and would be well worth looking into.

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Adrian Davies

    October 21, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    Why not use the ethiad. It’s big enough it’s almost central to most rugby league towns and easy to get to.

  2. Todney Roberts

    October 22, 2021 at 2:42 am

    Get it back in Manchester! Etihad!!

  3. Nathanael

    October 22, 2021 at 9:44 am

    Given that Magic Weekend is supposed to bring rugby league to where it isn’t played that much Old Trafford makes no sense as it’s the complete opposite being the Grand Final venue. Stadium of Light is probably not iconic enough being a league one ground, if you want it in that area, best keep it at St James Park. But Tottenham Hotspur, Aviva, and Hampden Park are all brilliant venue and would love to see Magic Weekend there at some point. Especially at Aviva cause the stadium is beautiful and Magic Weekend has never been in Ireland.

  4. barry smith

    October 22, 2021 at 11:20 am

    why change something that isn,t broken newcastle is the best venue for magic win or lose its the best atmosphere at any game hope it stays (WIGANER)

  5. tt

    October 22, 2021 at 11:26 am

    None of them i’m afraid.

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