Cllr Kim McGuinness, Cabinet Member for Culture and Communities at Newcastle City Council said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be hosting Dacia Magic Weekend for a fourth successive year, and to be working with partners to deliver another successful event and attract record breaking crowds.
"Newcastle now has a really strong reputation for hosting major sporting and cultural events, and fans come back time and time again to experience our great city and what is has to offer. 2018 is set to be a big year for Newcastle with Magic Weekend and the Great Exhibition of the North, and we’re committed to making sure it’s truly memorable for everyone.”
Sean Bullick, Chief Executive of NE1 Ltd said: “We are delighted to be hosting Magic Weekend in Newcastle for a fourth year running, something no other city has ever achieved. Each year the event gets bigger and better as more people get acquainted with the phenomenon that is Magic. “The impact of Magic Weekend on the city is significant and the rugby games on the pitch are only part of the story – Magic brings a carnival atmosphere to the city and there’s a real buzz over the weekend with the thousands of Magic Weekend fans filling the city’s hotels, bars, restaurants and shops. “We have a strong track record of hosting major events in Newcastle and now, having secured Dacia Magic Weekend for 2018, next year is set to be the biggest year in recent memory for hosting major events. We can’t wait to deliver another hugely successful event.”
Lee Charnley, Newcastle United's Managing Director said: "We’re very proud to have hosted the Dacia Magic Weekend for the last three years, and as excited as always to be hosting this magnificent sporting event once again in 2018. "As everyone who’s attended in previous years will know, it’s a fantastic weekend of rugby which has consistently welcomed sell-out crowds and has become of the ‘jewels in the crown’ in Newcastle’s annual sporting calendar. "We’re delighted that the Super League continue to recognise the quality of the venue, facilities and support we provide at St James’ Park, as well as the great working relationship we have developed with the Super League and our partners across the city in playing host to such a fantastic event."
Tickets for the 2018 Dacia Magic Weekend at St James’ Park, Newcastle, will be on sale from 10.00am today. Day tickets are priced from £25 for adults and £12.50 for concessions. Weekend tickets are also available from £40 for adults and £20 for concessions.
Tickets can be purchased by visiting rugby-league.com/tickets or by calling the Rugby League Ticket Hotline on 0844 856 1113 (calls cost 7p plus your network connection).
The 2018 Magic Weekend schedule is as follows:
Saturday May 19
- Widnes Vikings v St Helens (15.00)
- Wigan Warriors v Warrington Wolves (17.15)
- Castleford Tigers v Leeds Rhinos (19.30)
Sunday May 20
- Salford Red Devils v Catalans Dragons (13.00)
- Wakefield Trinity v Huddersfield Giants (15.15)
- Hull KR v Hull FC (17.30)