Magic Weekend shows the best of Rugby League as record numbers turn out at the Etihad Stadium

By Ben Burrows

Super League’s Magic Weekend proved to be a record breaking affair as thousands flocked to Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium on Saturday and Sunday.

An unparalleled 63,716 spectators turned out over the weekend to see seven derby encounters of the highest calibre.

Super League Chief Executive Nigel Wood said Magic Weekend 2012 was an event the whole sport should be proud of and has thanked fans for the part they played in the two-day spectacular.

“I think Magic Weekend 2012 encapsulated all that is great about rugby league – superb athletes delivering skilful and exciting entertainment to enthusiastic crowds in a terrific stadium,” he said.

“We witnessed some wonderful action out on the pitch and the players deserve rich praise for the high standard of play in the glorious sunshine.

“I would also like to thank the fans who turned out in their tens of thousands to create a carnival atmosphere both inside and outside the Etihad Stadium.”

Wood expects the record breaking weekend to act as a catalyst for an exciting end to the season.

“Once again our supporters showed what rugby league is all about and I’m sure they will turn out in even greater numbers over the coming months as the Super League season builds towards the Grand Final at Old Trafford in October.”

Wood also confirmed that discussions would begin on Monday regarding next year’s staging of the event.

“Manchester and Magic Weekend made for a very successful combination,” he said. “Clearly we will be exploring the opportunity to build on what we experienced over the last couple of days.”

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