Magic Weekend scoops major award in Newcastle

The 2015 Magic Weekend has been voted as Newcastle’s Best Event of 2015 in The Chronicle’s People’s Choice Awards.

Other events in the category included the Rugby World Cup and The Great North Run, but it was the first ever Magic Weekend event in the city which scooped the top prize. The event attracted over 67,000 spectators at St James’ Park last May – and will return again in 2016.

Celebrating the best events in the North East, The People’s Choice Awards gave fans the chance to vote Magic Weekend at St James’ Park in 2015 as number one when it comes to family fun and great value entertainment.

Super League General Manager Blake Solly said: “Bringing Magic Weekend to Newcastle in 2015 was a big decision, but proved to be the right one.

“We’re thrilled to be voted by the public as Newcastle’s Best Event in 2015. It means a lot because I see first-hand how much effort and hard work goes into making a Rugby League event extra special for the fans.

“The feedback we received from the clubs, staff, fans, businesses and local residents was nothing but positive, hence the decision to return back to the North East this year. St James’ Park is such a good fit for Magic Weekend giving fans a full entertainment package of non-stop action on the pitch and a lively atmosphere off it.

“In the buildup to last year’s event I spent quite a bit of time in the city meeting various stakeholders and I can honestly say that Newcastle is up there with one of my favourite places to visit. The Geordie culture welcomed Rugby League with open arms and we can’t wait to back up there this May.”