The Dacia Magic Weekend will return to Newcastle in September, it has been introduced.
Super League have confirmed the fixtures for the 2021 Magic Weekend, to happen at St James’ Park on the weekend of September 4-5.
The annual two-day occasion was cancelled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic and has been put again from the tip of May to the primary weekend in September in anticipation of followers being allowed to return.
Monday’s Government announcement on the easing of lockdown restrictions have raised hopes of the standard bumper attendances by September.
Super League chief business officer Rhodri Jones stated: “Dacia Magic Weekend is a vital a part of the Betfred Super League calendar and it’s nice to have the occasion again in our plans for the upcoming 2021 season.
“Following the Prime Minister’s newest replace in regards to the easing of lockdown restrictions, we’re optimistic that we will give you the option to welcome followers into St James’ Park to benefit from the pageant ambiance that makes Dacia Magic Weekend so particular.
“With the occasion falling later in the calendar this yr, it might be all to play for in the closing phases of the season with groups chasing the League Leaders’ Shield, play-off spots or wanting to keep away from relegation.”
After being held at Anfield in 2019, the occasion returns to Newcastle, the place it was based mostly for 4 years in a row from 2015, attracting bumper crowds and boosting the native economic system.
Coun Ged Bell, cupboard member for employment and tradition, is hoping for one more file turn-out however says the council will make contingency plans in the occasion of a lowered capability.
“The Prime Minister’s route out of lockdown means followers will as soon as once more return to stadiums in the approaching months, that means we will look ahead to this glorious occasion with renewed optimism,” he stated.
“It is significant that as a part of our restoration we develop and host occasions of all sizes and shapes and supply distinctive experiences throughout Newcastle and supply a much-needed enhance to our wider economic system.
“It is vital that we glance forward to this occasion and plan for any eventuality.
“The vaccine roll-out, localised take a look at and hint programs and a larger understanding of the virus present us a glimmer of hope that Magic Weekend can as soon as once more entice file crowds to St James’ Park.
“However, if any restrictions are nonetheless in place, we will work intently with the Super League, NE1 and companies throughout the town to maximise on the chance in no matter method attainable.”
The fixtures, launched on Tuesday, have been re-formatted from these scheduled for 2020 to embrace Leigh, who’ve taken the place of Toronto Wolfpack.
All groups will play on the day they have been scheduled to seem in 2020 to reward followers who selected to retain their tickets and will face the aspect they completed closest to in the ultimate 2020 standings.
For instance, eighth-placed Castleford play ninth-placed Salford in the opening recreation whereas Huddersfield, who have been due to face Toronto, will now meet Wakefield the next day.
The Wigan-Warrington and Leeds-Hull video games are unchanged however champions St Helens will play Catalans Dragons as a substitute of Salford.
Kick-off occasions have but to be determined however 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.