Magic Weekend: Rugby league fans fume at Leeds United's Elland Road being chosen as venue for 2024 showcase
Reports of the move have circulated widely, prompting a fierce backlash among large sections of rugby league fans.
@YorkieWend said: “Magic Weekend at Elland Road is a baffling decision. Absolutely pointless in terms of growing the game, and a stadium with terrible facilities. A lot of people won’t stay for anything other than their match I would have thought.”
@SFoster_23 said: “Hosting Magic Weekend in a city that is home to one of the biggest football clubs in the country has zero benefit to RL.
"Could host it anywhere in the country and you'd still only get the same fans there so may as well do it somewhere accessible to genuine RL supporters.”
@Fil1966 said: “Magic Weekend should be still played at St James' Park, Newcastle. In my opinion it has been excellent there, everything close to hand but Elland Road even though I'm a Leeds lad through and through, to me is just not the right place! IMG making a huge mistake...”
@Dorastar1 said: “What a miserable decision. Tricky walk to get to it from city centre, nothing near it, no good for families, no legroom for one match let alone three, literally no magic at all.”
Below is the expected fixture list for Magic Weekend 2024.
Saturday, August 17
Hull FC v London Broncos
Wigan Warriors v St Helens
Warrington Wolves v Leeds Rhinos
Sunday, August 18
Leigh Leopards v Salford Red Devils
Catalans Dragons v Hull KR
Huddersfield Giants v Castleford Tigers