RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood has hailed The Magic Weekend 2010 as “another great example of the Rugby League family coming together to enjoy the big occasion.”
Over 52,000 people attended the seven Engage Super League fixtures over the two days at Murrayfield where Rugby League fans created a party atmosphere, both inside and outside the stadium and in Edinburgh city centre.
“It’s been terrific. All the feedback we have had points to The Magic Weekend being a huge success with everyone who attended,” said Wood.
“The quality of the Rugby League was superb, as was the quality and variety of entertainment in and around the stadium.
“The Magic Weekend is four years old now and I think it’s got better year on year. What we have seen this weekend is another example of the Rugby League family coming together to enjoy the big occasion.”
The attendance for The Magic Weekend 2010 was 52,043 – 26,642 on Saturday, when there were four matches played, and 25,401 for the three games on Sunday – and although the figure was slightly down on last year, Wood said he was not overly disappointed.
“Given the difficult economic climate it’s understandable that there was a slight dip in attendance but to attract over 50,000 people to a unique event like this is a credit to everyone involved,” said Wood.
“All the people who came to Edinburgh arrived knowing they were in for a treat and that’s what The Magic Weekend has delivered.
“On behalf of the RFL I would like to extend our thanks to everyone who made the event so special: the competition title sponsors Engage Mutual, our broadcast partners Sky Sports, VisitScotland, Scottish Rugby and Edinburgh City Council.”
The Magic Weekend 2010 marked the fourth year of Engage Super League’s weekend extravaganza and Wood said the future of the event will be decided in the coming weeks.
After two years at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, The Magic Weekend moved to Murrayfield in 2009 but no decision has yet been taken on what happens in 2011.
“Although the event has worked well, we will now do what we always do and review everything that happened over the weekend with all the people who were involved,” added Wood.
“There are a lot of factors to consider in deciding what happens next. The RFL will provide all the feedback required for the clubs to make an informed decision on the future of The Magic Weekend.”