Rugby League - Etihad to host 2014 Magic Weekend

The Rugby Football League has announced its Magic Weekend event will remain at Manchester City's Etihad Stadium next May.

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The Etihad Stadium will again host next year's Magic Weekend

With the seventh issue of the weekend - which sees all Super League teams play at the same venue over two days - having just passed, the governing body has wasted no time in confirming the Etihad will again be the location on May 17 and 18 next year.

The stadium will become the first to hold the weekend for three years in a row having first staged the event in 2012.

With crowds topping 60,000 for both years, the RFL had no hesitation in returning to the blue half of Manchester.

"Magic Weekend 2013 was a great success, showcasing the extraordinary sport of rugby league to a wide audience, both at the games and on television," RFL chief executive Nigel Wood said.

"Once again the fans created a fantastic atmosphere, both inside and outside the stadium in the Fanzone, and I believe the whole sport can be rightly proud of the Magic Weekend.

"I am delighted that we are able to confirm the dates early for fans for 2014 and I look forward to another superb festival of rugby league at the Etihad next May."

The first Magic Weekend was held in Cardiff in 2007, with the Welsh capital hosting it again in 2008.

Edinburgh's Murrayfield then had two years of hosting, before a one-year return to the Millennium Stadium in 2011.

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