Local rugby league rivalries will once again take centre stage at Manchester Magic this weekend.
The two-day event will see all 14 Super League clubs battle it out for individual supremacy at the Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium.
Super League Chief Executive Nigel Wood is very excited about the event.
He said: “The Magic Weekend is sport as it should be - a wealth of intense, and in many cases, historic rivalries played out in a fantastic venue.
“There are some fantastic matches in store and I’m sure we are going to see some bumper crowds at the Etihad Stadium as Super League builds on the success of Magic Weekends at Murrayfield and Millennium Stadium.”
The weekend will see a range of derby clashes with Castleford Tigers and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats kicking festivities off on Saturday lunchtime.
Hull FC take on Humberside rivals Hull KR on Saturday evening and bitter rivals Wigan Warriors and St Helens provide the fireworks for the climax on Sunday.
Blake Solly, RFL Director of Standards and Licensing, is delighted that Magic is coming to Manchester.
“We feel Manchester is a strategic priority for the sport,” he said.
“It’s an exciting year for us in Manchester. We’ve got the new stadium in Salford, we’ve opened the World Cup office in MediaCity, we have the Grand Final at Old Trafford as usual and the Man of Steel event will be held in Manchester too.”
Mr Solly urged people to turn out and take advantage of the weekend whether they are a rugby league fan or not.
“There is no better way to get involved – if you like rugby league already there are seven matches of the highest quality and intensity,” he said.
“If you are new to rugby league it’s a fantastic, affordable way to watch the sport at its best, in an atmosphere that is different and is so much more enjoyable than a lot of other sports.”
Magic tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk or over the phone on 0800 856 1113.