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#41 no13benny

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 09:12 AM

QUOTE (Dave T @ Jul 30 2010, 01:41 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Meh, wouldn't be my first choice, but let's see how it goes if this is confirmed.

Not keen on a lengthy drive down there in the middle of Feb. I also expect that the festival feel of the event will be lost as it is likely that the weather will be too bad for people to be outside drinking and socialising, and the lack of a Bank Holiday risks making the Sunday a bit of a damp squib.

That said, I love the concept of Magic Weekend, so I will go along and support it wherever and whenever it is staged.


Oh no! Everyone will be inside the ground! What a shame.
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#42 Jarv

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 09:40 AM

OK maybe a daft idea but here goes. What if.. Crusaders played South Wales in an opening "Welsh Cup" game - yes I know only one winner at the moment. Then play the opening rounds. Then the final game of the weekend was the world club challenge?


#43 Dave T

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 11:04 AM

QUOTE (no13benny @ Aug 13 2010, 10:12 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Oh no! Everyone will be inside the ground! What a shame.
The fact is that people don't want to be in the stadium for 14hrs over a weekend. When you go to Glastonbury they don't force you to stand in front of the stage for the music, there is a whole experience, and the socialising and mingling around town was a big part of that.

Edinburgh was slightly different in that it had a huge complex around it, but to expect people to stay in the ground for such a long period is silly IMHO.


#44 John Drake

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 11:05 AM

Confirmed - RFL Press Release: Fri 13 Aug 2010

Millennium Magic to kick off 2011 season


The 2011 Engage Super League season will kick off in magical style with all seven first round fixtures taking place beneath the closed roof of Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.
The return of Millennium Magic after a two-year absence will see the new Super League season make the most explosive start in the competition’s history as 14 clubs go head to head over the weekend of February 12 and 13.
Details of Millennium Magic 2011 fixtures and ticket availability will be announced in the coming weeks and Super League’s Director of Events and Projects Sally Bolton said Rugby League fans are in for a treat at one of the sport’s most popular venues.
“The Millennium Stadium has hosted some memorable Rugby League matches and I’m sure supporters of every club will not want to miss out on what promises to be a truly magical weekend,” said Bolton.
“The stadium’s closed roof means that fans can watch all seven games in comfort over what I’m sure will be two days that will prove to be highlights of the 2011 sporting calendar.”
Millennium Stadium hosted the first two Magic Weekends in 2007 and 2008 before the event moved north of the border to Edinburgh, where full rounds of Engage Super League were staged at Murrayfield in 2009 and 2010.
The return to Cardiff follows a lengthy period of consultation involving the 14 Engage Super League clubs, Rugby League supporters and a number of major venues who had expressed a desire to stage the event.
“The clubs were very keen on continuing with Magic Weekend and much of the feedback we got from fans was that as much as they loved the event, they missed Millennium Stadium,” added Bolton.
“We have some very happy memories of the last two years at Murrayfield and would like to extend our thanks to the SRU for their support and assistance.
“However we have listened to what the clubs and fans wanted and are looking forward to putting together a spectacular opening to the new season at Millennium Stadium next February.”
Millennium Stadium General Manager Gerry Toms said: “We are delighted at the news that Rugby League’s Engage Super League is returning to Cardiff next February.
“The Millennium Magic weekend has always been a colourful affair in the city, giving Rugby League fans the opportunity to sample some Welsh hospitality. It is another example of how the Millennium Stadium attracts a wide variety of sports and events to the Welsh capital.
“The weekend will no doubt produce a day of exciting and competitive games between all 14 clubs including our own Crusaders RL.”

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#45 amh

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 11:14 AM

As I suspected Valentines weekend, all the blokes with partners who expect pressies and nights out etc will have to probably spend more than normal on them laugh.gif

Hint - buy it or book it now for the Monday - and unless they're like me, taking them there for the weekend is probably not an option. But promising to be home in a fit state to make them feel special on the Monday is probably something they will nag about from the moment you mention booking , so don't until as near to the event you dare leave it.

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 11:16 AM

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#47 1976PMJwires

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 11:19 AM

Just chech the travel lodge and the price of the hotel has doubled mad.gif wacko.gif

#48 amh

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 11:22 AM

QUOTE (1976PMJwires @ Aug 13 2010, 12:19 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Just chech the travel lodge and the price of the hotel has doubled mad.gif wacko.gif


Book it...it'll treble soon

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#49 1976PMJwires

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 11:27 AM

QUOTE (amh @ Aug 13 2010, 12:22 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Book it...it'll treble soon


I have just email her indoors, asking if she would like to come sad.gif

Or can i have a pass out wacko.gif wacko.gif

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#50 Honor James

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 11:28 AM

So let's all get busy asking mother earth, providence, lady luck or whichever god or gods you believe are listening for a

no snow or
low snow February


Can't do any harm to start lighting candles

- if nothing else, it keeps the mosquitos away in Africa.

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#51 1976PMJwires

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 11:32 AM

QUOTE (Honor James @ Aug 13 2010, 12:28 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So let's all get busy asking mother earth, providence, lady luck or whichever god or gods you believe are listening for a

no snow or
low snow February


Can't do any harm to start lighting candles

- if nothing else, it keeps the mosquitos away in Africa.

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The roof will be on cool.gif

If it snows we can build a snow wink.gif

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#52 1976PMJwires

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 11:43 AM

I've got my pass out.

Booking the hotel tonight.


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#53 jannerboyuk

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 12:05 PM

QUOTE (no13benny @ Aug 13 2010, 10:12 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Oh no! Everyone will be inside the ground! What a shame.

Its never a problem for six nations weekend. People will be out and about, lots of pubs and shopping arcades for the soft northerners.
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#54 jannerboyuk

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 12:08 PM

QUOTE (amh @ Aug 13 2010, 12:22 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Book it...it'll treble soon

I recommend the yha www.yha.org.uk Prices will never change like that.
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Posted 13 August 2010 - 12:11 PM

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#56 Bulligerent

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 12:34 PM

Hoping any Bradford game would be played on a Saturday otherwise this is a complete no go for me unfortunately.

The work i do would really mean that expecting me and my family to travel home on a Sunday evening after the game and then do a day's work on the Monday would be a complete no go sadly. I know we have to try a different approach to making this venture successful and so i wish the RFL every success but i'm already feeling a slight pre-emptive peev coming on thinking that there is a likelihood that i may miss our first game of the season.

I realise this is a bit of a negative rant but i genuinely hope the weekend is a success. If it is and we finally put down roots for the Magic Weekend in Cardiff, i just hope the RFL rotates the schedule of games over the weekend from year to year to account for those who can't book the Monday off but would still like to enjoy the event even if it is only on one of the days!


#57 davo99

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 12:45 PM

######, was hoping this wasn't going to come off.

Have to give it a miss now, which is a pity as I've really enjoyed the others.

Feb too cold for the banter in the streets and no BH to travel back on is a definite no no mad.gif sad.gif sad.gif

#58 Whacky Llama

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 12:53 PM

Rooms booked, no tge difficult task of letting her in doors that I won't be around for valentines weekend wink.gif

#59 John Drake

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 12:59 PM

Page XIII Editorial – First published in Rugby League World Issue 349 (May 2010)

Since its inception, the Magic Weekend has never exactly ‘packed em in’ either in its original venue in Cardiff or now at Murrayfield. It’s a hard sell at the best of times, getting cash-strapped supporters to up sticks and spend a whole weekend away to watch the game. The Challenge Cup final at Wembley rarely sells out these days, despite its history and status, so a random round of Super League fixtures plonked in a city several hundred miles away from the nearest participating team is always going to struggle.
When the idea was first mooted of a weekend of Rugby League action all taking place in a single venue somewhere beyond the usual geographical confines, I was all in favour of it. I had visions of a sporting Glastonbury. Not so much the rolling around in mud, sleeping in a tent in a field dotted with cow dung and experimenting with mind expanding substances which characterises the musical festival, but the concept of supporters from far and wide congregating together and sampling the delights of matches they might otherwise never see, while waiting for their own club to take the field for their own personal ‘headliner’.
Yet it hasn’t really turned out like that.
The 100,000 or so tickets for Glastonbury sell out within minutes every year, seemingly regardless of which acts are performing and despite the place resembling a mud pit more often than not. In contrast, the Magic Weekend seems to have become more of an opportunity for a weekend off amongst regular supporters who decide to stay at home rather than make the trip to see all seven matches in a single venue. At best, and only if you add the numbers up from both days of the weekend and count them separately (ie 30,000 plus 30,000 = 60,000) does the Magic attendance come anywhere near that of a ‘normal’ round. The reality is probably that it attracts about half the number, if you assume the majority of the 30,000 on the first day are also there for the second.
So why bother?
I applaud the RFL for its perseverance. They are often criticised for dumping new innovations before they have had time to bed in and become established as part of the Rugby League furniture, but with the Magic Weekend in its current form I can’t help feeling they are flogging a dead horse.
Sure, for those who do make the trip, Edinburgh has much to recommend it, but there’s little evidence of an upsurge in interest in Rugby League in the city before, during or after it takes place. It is a great opportunity for the local hoteliers and hostelries to make a quick profit on the back of a travelling army from the south, but ultimately, what does Rugby League get out of it?
When we canvassed supporter opinion on the matter for the magazine, only 7% said the Magic Weekend should remain in Edinburgh. However, only 7% want to see it scrapped altogether, while a massive 86% want it moved elsewhere.
But where?
RLW columnist and BBC commentator Dave Woods makes the argument for Manchester. It might seem a little insular moving the event there, but it would certainly make it more accessible and affordable to the vast majority of those who watch Super League games on a week in, week out basis and might just persuade them to stop giving the Magic Weekend fixtures a miss in future.
There’s also the tantalising possibility of using it as a publicity-grabbing launchpad for the start of the season, instead of the haphazard whimper we have at present. Imagine this: at the Super League Grand Final, the match ball is ceremoniously carried from the field at the end of play. At the start of the following season, it is brought back once more to Old Trafford, where last season’s Champions use it to kick off the first game of seven taking place that weekend in this iconic venue, in Round One of the new season. Perfect symmetry.
Perhaps that’s a little fanciful, and fraught with organisational difficulties. Despite this being a ‘summer’ game, we kick off in the depths of winter and it might be difficult to persuade either Manchester Utd or Manchester City, at what is the business end of the football season, to give up their pitches for a full weekend of hammering from fourteen teams of Rugby League players.
The event would also lose some of its, ahem, ‘Magic’as an opportunity to visit somewhere further afield to watch the game. Despite concerns that supporters who have made the trips to Cardiff and Edinburgh up to now have been getting ripped off by local businesses who see them as a once a year cash cow to be milked as thoroughly as possible, it can still be a lot of fun going on an away day like this to see your team play.
How about this for an alternative. Go back to the future and resurrect Super League’s original ‘on the road’ concept to replace the Magic Weekend. For a couple of seasons in the early years of Super League, each club would play one game in a venue earmarked for potential Rugby League development. It meant trips to places as exotic as Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leicester and Northampton, but without the organisational burden of planning a whole round of matches in one place over one weekend.
I’d make one significant change. Instead of spreading matches around various somewhat random locations, schedule them all to take place in the same venue on different weekends throughout the season.
If the RFL want to use Super League matches as a vehicle for building interest in the game in a new area, then it can be done more effectively. Forget the ‘hit and run’ organisational headache of a ‘Magic Weekend’. Save the money that is spent hiring a super-sized venue and the rest of the trimmings needed to stage the current bloated event. Use it instead to promote a series of games in a chosen area (which could still be Edinburgh) and get the locals themselves used to turning out on a regular basis to watch, rather than wondering what the hell is going on one weekend per year when their city centre is filled with tourists wearing strange and colourful garb attending an event they know nothing about.
It would provide a massive boost to activists toiling away at the grassroots to have Super League clubs and their players in town up to seven times a year giving them a helping hand with training and other promotional activities.
If you’re going to the Magic Weekend, have a great time. However, let’s not be afraid to consider alternatives that might be of greater long term benefit to Rugby League.

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#60 Northern Eel

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 01:00 PM

I think this is a really good move by the RFL. No doubt they will be slated for trying something different, but I can see the attendences increasing from anything before. I do feel however that becasue of the lack of BH, there will be more people coming for the day, rather than the weekend. It will be interesting to see how 'weekend ticket' numbers are affected.

It would be sensible to play 4 games on the Saturday and three on the Sunday, with the Sunday games finishing around 6pm to allow for people to get home in reasonable time; Say 12 noon, 2pm and 4pm.

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