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Honor James

Super League Magic Weekend returning to Manchester

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I have said for a few years now to anybody who will listen that there should be 8 matches played at Magic Weekend (4 each day) with the 8th being the Northern Rail Cup Final.

This would engage us numpties at Championship level :) and also raise the profile of the much maligned NR Cup.

Just a thought.

I actually agree. It does seem perfect for the NR Cup Final. If it was the final game on the first day - that would be good.

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I have said for a few years now to anybody who will listen that there should be 8 matches played at Magic Weekend (4 each day) with the 8th being the Northern Rail Cup Final.

This would engage us numpties at Championship level :) and also raise the profile of the much maligned NR Cup.

Just a thought.

That's a brilliant idea.

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I have said for a few years now to anybody who will listen that there should be 8 matches played at Magic Weekend (4 each day) with the 8th being the Northern Rail Cup Final.

This would engage us numpties at Championship level :) and also raise the profile of the much maligned NR Cup.

Just a thought.

Fantastic idea.

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WWE Royal Rumble style. I've said it for years.

Pick the next two teams out of a hat at half time in the preceding game, then just send them out there.

Great TV that.

2 big problems with that

1 - half the teams will be hanging around all day on the Saturday and end up not playing.

2 - those of us that only want to go for one day won't really have the option as we'll end up paying for the day we don't want.

I'd say for ticket sales you have to preannounce the game order and that's why I'd personally go for the previous year's league table.

I have said for a few years now to anybody who will listen that there should be 8 matches played at Magic Weekend (4 each day) with the 8th being the Northern Rail Cup Final.

This would engage us numpties at Championship level :) and also raise the profile of the much maligned NR Cup.

Just a thought.

I think this is a great idea personally.

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I have been to all but one Magic Weekends and I have had only one real issue with them. I am not a fan of repeat fixtures in the 2nd year of being in a set venue.

After year one in Cardiff, they kept the format and fixtures almost identical, and tbh it made it feel just like a carbon copy of the year before.

London v Catalan

Huddersfield v Wakefield

Castleford v Bradford

Salford v Widnes

Warrington v Wigan

Saints v Leeds

Hull v Hull KR

The above fixtures should be competitive and still retain that local game element. It also gives a slightly fresh approach.

In Cardiff in the 2nd year you found that the same sets of fans went to the same places at the same times etc (apart from the fixtures being flipped from Saturday to Sunday) and this doesn't lend itself to being fresh and exciting.

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2 big problems with that

1 - half the teams will be hanging around all day on the Saturday and end up not playing.

2 - those of us that only want to go for one day won't really have the option as we'll end up paying for the day we don't want.

I'd say for ticket sales you have to preannounce the game order and that's why I'd personally go for the previous year's league table.

You were not supposed to take my idea seriously... ;)

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I believe there is a different broadcaster for the NR Cup.

Yes but SKy in the past have decided not to show all the Magic weekend games so this is no different. I'm sure that a modern stadium like the Ethiad is set up to permit more than one broadcaster.

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Personally I just don't get excited by the magic weekend.

One aspect that might interest me more is the location used to stage the games. I think there needs to be a shake up and I would consider a different location every year.

This would tie in with the RFL's big dream of spreading RL outside the Yorkshire/Lancashire strong holds!

Going by past comments I would also like Millenium Stadium and Murrayfield used more often as there good cities to 'make a weekend of it'.

I also think the games that are played need to be changed, the idea of local derby's has had it's day, as a Rhinos fan I would rather go to Headingley or Odsal for derby days than a neutral venue because you loose the whole atmosphere.

NRC Final included is a great idea but I think 60,000 over 2 days for 7 matches is nothing to be shouting about, in fact it's embarrasing based on the fact that Bradford v Leeds had 20,000 alone last season!

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Personally I just don't get excited by the magic weekend.

One aspect that might interest me more is the location used to stage the games. I think there needs to be a shake up and I would consider a different location every year.

They have moved the event round a fair bit - (3 venues in 6 years) - did this interest you?
This would tie in with the RFL's big dream of spreading RL outside the Yorkshire/Lancashire strong holds!

Going by past comments I would also like Millenium Stadium and Murrayfield used more often as there good cities to 'make a weekend of it'.

They have done this in all but one Magic Weekend.
I also think the games that are played need to be changed, the idea of local derby's has had it's day, as a Rhinos fan I would rather go to Headingley or Odsal for derby days than a neutral venue because you loose the whole atmosphere.
The Magic Weekend atmosphere has its own unique atmosphere. I and many others love it!
NRC Final included is a great idea but I think 60,000 over 2 days for 7 matches is nothing to be shouting about, in fact it's embarrasing based on the fact that Bradford v Leeds had 20,000 alone last season!

Talking about how many fans turn up at Headingly or Odsal is not relevant.

What people forget is that Magic Weekend's target is probably the away fans that each club take to games. The vast majority of RL fans are happy to attend their team's home games (no different to many sports), plenty of people won't bother with away games.

Good use of the word embarrasing though!

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1. I realise what venues they've used and when but thanks for that.

2. " " " " "

3. Unique Atmosphere...... okay then!

4. Disagree, I know alot of people who use magic weekend as there only 'away' fixture all season, I wouldn't say they target away fans, more like families and groups who don't get to away games, which generates that unique atmosphere I suppose.

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3. Unique Atmosphere...... okay then!

4. Disagree, I know alot of people who use magic weekend as there only 'away' fixture all season, I wouldn't say they target away fans, more like families and groups who don't get to away games, which generates that unique atmosphere I suppose.

Disagree with point 3 all you want, but it is clearly a unique atmosphere - I know of no other event like it in Britain at least.

Point 4 - my point really was that people will quote that Leeds v Bradford can get 20k at Headingley, but the majority of those people will be fans attending a home game, in their home town, with many of them using their season ticket.

Staging this game as an all-pay event at a neutral venue will not attract 15k Leeds fans, as most of them have no interest in away games and never have. Your 'core market' would be the few thousand fans that travel to the big away games each year plus as you say the family and event crowd.

This event will never ever attract a crowd level with the aggregate crowd for these 7 games at normal grounds, and it is flawed to use that measure when talking about the crowd.

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It depends which cities/stadia are interested in hosting the event, but I think the Magic weekend is something that brings plenty of bonuses wherever it goes.

How about Newcastle? Good stadium, good place for a good time too.

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It depends which cities/stadia are interested in hosting the event, but I think the Magic weekend is something that brings plenty of bonuses wherever it goes.

How about Newcastle? Good stadium, good place for a good time too.

Was just thinking the same thing!!!

Good call!

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Newcastle for me. Great city, great stadium, great folk. There's a small RL presence which can only be helped.

Don't know why it hasnt been used yet.

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Newcastle for me. Great city, great stadium, great folk. There's a small RL presence which can only be helped.

Don't know why it hasnt been used yet.

I personally think Newcastle would be the biggest gamble yet.

I'd love to visit the stadium and I quite like the city for a night out, but I don't see anything that would drag my family to Newcastle for this event. They attended Manchester for the day out and it was close, and they attended Edinburgh as it is a real tourist city. Newcastle isn't this and is quite some distance for many fans.

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I personally think Newcastle would be the biggest gamble yet.

I'd love to visit the stadium and I quite like the city for a night out, but I don't see anything that would drag my family to Newcastle for this event. They attended Manchester for the day out and it was close, and they attended Edinburgh as it is a real tourist city. Newcastle isn't this and is quite some distance for many fans.

A gamble maybe but with a decent push could match the crowds in Cardiff or Edinburgh. Its only an hour or so away from Yorkshire and maybe 2 from Lancs.

As for tourists, yeah its not #1 but there's enough to warrant a weekend.

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A gamble maybe but with a decent push could match the crowds in Cardiff or Edinburgh. Its only an hour or so away from Yorkshire and maybe 2 from Lancs.

As for tourists, yeah its not #1 but there's enough to warrant a weekend.

Decent rail links too - mainline and otherwise.

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Decent rail links too - mainline and otherwise.

Yeah. AND the stadium is in the city centre.

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Made up that they have taken my approach to the fixtures! Might make the effort this year after all, after deciding last week I probably couldn;t due to the World Cup and costs!

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Good fixtures this year, all appear pretty even at this point. Really enjoyed last year, aided by the best weather of the year, so cant wait for this year!

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Yes,I agree they have a decent balance this time between derbies and competitive games.Ideally,I would have liked to see the usual London/Catalan game broken up,but you can't have everything.

Think there is a big problem in Newcastle over the quantity of hotel rooms and the number of quality hotels for the teams/admin/press/broadcasters etc.

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To be fair, a cracking fixture list with enough clout to get people in.

Thank goodness they haven't messed with the deadly rivalry of London and Catalans though!

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