The fixtures for the 2021 Magic Weekend at St James’ Park have been confirmed.
A bumper weekend of action, all live on Sky Sports, will kick-off on the Saturday with Castleford Tigers taking on Salford Red Devils before reigning Super League Champions, St Helens face Catalans Dragons. Day one rounds off with Leeds Rhinos taking on Hull FC.
Sunday sees the return of Leigh Centurions to Magic and St James’ Park, the venue of their only previous appearance in 2017. The newly promoted Centurions will take on Hull KR in the final game of the weekend following on from Huddersfield Giants v Wakefield Trinity and Wigan Warriors v Warrington Wolves.
Super League chief commercial officer, Rhodri Jones said: “Dacia Magic Weekend is an important part of the Betfred Super League calendar and it is great to have the event back in our plans for the upcoming 2021 season.
“Following the Prime Minister’s latest update about the easing of lockdown restrictions, we are optimistic that we will be able to welcome fans into St James’ Park to enjoy the festival atmosphere that makes Dacia Magic Weekend so special.
“With the event falling later in the calendar this year, it could be all to play for in the closing stages of the season with teams chasing the League Leaders shield, play-off spots or looking to avoid relegation.”
Dacia Magic Weekend fixtures have been re-formatted from those scheduled for 2020 to include Leigh Centurions. All teams will play on the same day (Saturday or Sunday) that they were scheduled to play on for the 2020 event. This is in acknowledgment of the fans who have committed to retain their 2020 tickets.
The formula for deciding fixtures each day is that teams will play the team they finished closest to in the final 2020 league standings.
For example, on Saturday it is Castleford Tigers (8th) vs Salford Red Devils (9th), St Helens (2nd) v Catalans Dragons (4th) and Leeds Rhinos (5th) v Hull FC (6th).
For those who purchased tickets for the 2020 event and haven’t claimed a refund, your tickets are still valid for 2021.
Details of when any additional tickets will go on sale will be announced in due course, although this is likely to be late Spring at the earliest.
Saturday, September 4
Castleford Tigers v Salford Red Devils
St Helens v Catalans Dragons
Leeds Rhinos v Hull FC
Sunday, September 5
Huddersfield Giants v Wakefield Trinity
Wigan Warriors v Warrington Wolves
Leigh Centurions v Hull KR
(kick-off times will be announced in due course)