How the amazing Magic Weekend attendance compares to previous years

The Magic Weekend 2023 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.

Today it has been confirmed that an aggregate attendance of 63,269 fans was recorded by the event which is the highest since 2018 and the sixth highest ever.

There is still hope for the with recent reports that the Magic Weekend could stay at least for 2024.

Last week, Sky Sports reporter Kyle Walker has stated that it is unclear now if this will be the last Magic Weekend suggesting that there is a chance it could continue into 2024.

“The Magic Weekend is just days away but even with it so close the future of the event is still unclear,” Walker said.

“It still isn’t certain whether or not this will be the last event of its kind.”

Based on the attendance, fans seem keen to see it stay.

Here is the ranking of every Magic Weekend attendance. Five of the top six were held at St James’ Park with the exception being in 2014 at the Etihad in fourth.

Two of the bottom four is made up of the events held in Scotland alongside the one held at Anfield as well the very first Magic Weekend.

The pandemic hit 2021 ranks 11th.

1. 68,276 – 2016
2. 67,841 – 2015
3. 65,407 – 2017
4. 64,552 – 2014
5. 64,319 – 2018
6. 63,239 – 2023
7. 63,716 – 2012
8. 63,144 – 2008
9. 62,154 – 2022
10. 62,042 – 2013
11. 60,866 – 2021
12. 60,214 – 2011
13. 59,749 – 2009
14. 58,831 – 2007
15. 56,869 – 2019
16. 52,043 – 2010