The future of the Magic Weekend has been widely questioned since IMG got involved in the sport.
The marketing company felt that there were too many events for fans to attend meaning that the Magic Weekend was subtracting from the Challenge Cup Final and Grand Final a hypothesis that has been somewhat reflected in a recent downturn in attendances in recent years.
However, the success of the 2023 Magic Weekend brought this line of reasoning into questioning but still its future remained unclear with the Challenge Cup being brought further forward in the season.
This would require the Magic Weekend to move from its June spot at present which could be a problem with current hosts Newcastle United and their St James’ Park. June or July as it was in 2022 is an ideal time for them given it is the off season. But a move elsewhere in the year could coincide with Premier League action.
Despite this, it seems the Magic Weekend is set to take place in 2024 with SkyBet accidentally leaking the information allowing bets on fixtures for the 10th August. These fixtures reflect the recent fixture formula used to determine Magic Weekend fixtures which sees first take on third, second against fourth, fifth vs seventh, sixth against eighth, ninth against 11th and 10th against the newly promoted side.
This would mean that the biggest game would see Wigan Warriors and St Helens meet as the oldest derby is brought to the Magic Weekend again with the last fixture between the two at Magic taking place in a dramatic clash in 2022. In years gone by, this was a traditional Magic Weekend fixture until complaints that it was overused.
The other game from the top four will see Grand Finalists Catalans Dragons tussle with Hull KR as the two teams who lost major finals in 2023 meet. It is also a call back to when they met in the Super League semi-final in 2021.
There will be another big game involving a major finalist from 2023 as Challenge Cup winners Leigh Leopards battle against local rivals Salford Red Devils whilst Warrington Wolves and Leeds Rhinos will meet in a massive game between two of the biggest teams in Super League as Sam Burgess gets his first taste of the Magic Weekend as a coach up against a new look Leeds side.
London Broncos’ return to the concept will see them take on Hull FC whilst Castleford Tigers and Huddersfield Giants will meet in a West Yorkshire derby.
The fixtures can be seen below:
Catalans Dragons vs Hull KR
Huddersfield Giants vs Castleford Tigers
Hull FC vs London Broncos
Leigh Leopards vs Salford Red Devils
Warrington Wolves vs Leeds Rhinos
Wigan Warriors vs St Helens
These are the fixtures SkyBet are offering odds for on August 10th suggesting that this is when the Magic Weekend will take place and that these are the fixtures we will see.
A venue for the event has not been confirmed as of yet.