North East UK news Dacia Magic Weekend will return to Newcastle in September as fixtures confirmed MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - The annual two-day event was cancelled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic and has been put back from the end of May
Breaking News ! The Dacia Magic Weekend will return to Newcastle in September, it has been announced. Super League have confirmed the fixtures for the 2021 Magic Weekend, to take place at St James' Park on the weekend of September 4-5. The annual two-day event was cancelled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic and has been put back from the end of May to the first weekend in September in anticipation of fans being allowed to return. Monday's Government announcement on the easing of lockdown restrictions have raised hopes of the usual bumper attendances by September. 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." After being held at Anfield in 2019, the event returns to Newcastle, where it was based for four years in a row from 2015, attracting bumper crowds and boosting the local economy. Coun Ged Bell, cabinet member for employment and culture, is hoping for another record turn-out but says the council will make contingency plans in the event of a reduced capacity. Widnes Vikings' Hep Cahill scores a try during the 2017 Magic Weekend at St James' Park (Image: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire) "The Prime Minister's route out of lockdown means fans will once again return to stadiums in the coming months, meaning we can look forward to this excellent event with renewed optimism," he said.
. "It is important that we look ahead to this event and plan for any eventuality. "The vaccine roll-out, localised test and trace systems and a greater understanding of the virus provide us a glimmer of hope that Magic Weekend can once again attract record crowds to St James' Park. "However, if any restrictions are still in place, we will work closely with the Super League, NE1 and businesses across the city to maximise on the opportunity in whatever way possible."
The fixtures, released on Tuesday, have been re-formatted from those scheduled for 2020 to include Leigh, who have taken the place of Toronto Wolfpack. All teams will play on the day they were scheduled to appear in 2020 to reward fans who chose to retain their tickets and will face the side they finished closest to in the final 2020 standings. For example, eighth-placed Castleford play ninth-placed Salford in the opening game while Huddersfield, who were due to face Toronto, will now meet Wakefield the following day. The Wigan-Warrington and Leeds-Hull games are unchanged but champions St Helens will play Catalans Dragons instead of Salford. Kick-off times have yet to be decided but the order of play is: Saturday, September 4: Castleford v Salford, St Helens v Catalans Dragons, Leeds v Hull FC. Sunday, September 5: Huddersfield v Wakefield, Wigan v Warrington, Leigh v Hull KR.
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