WIGAN’S attempts to haul their campaign back on track will be watched by an record Magic crowd on Saturday, organisers predict.
Super League general manager Blake Solly expects a crowd of around 40,000 to pack into Newcastle’s St James’ Park for the opening day.
Healthy ticket sales and an expected strong walk-up on the day points to a bumper attendance for Warriors’ headlining game against Leeds.
Solly said: “In terms of ticket success it is looking like it going to be the most successful Magic Weekend yet.
“We’re confident that on the Saturday we will beat the record for a single say crowd, and get close to 40,000.
“What makes it more impressive is 20 per cent are from fans in the north east.”
We’re confident that on the Saturday we will beat the record for a single say crowdBlake Solly
The previous record for a Magic single day crowd was 36,339 at Manchester’s Etihad last year.
With forecasters predicting dry weather, the RFL hope swaying fans may be tempted to make the trip to Tyneside – for the first Magic Weekend to be held in Newcastle. The Etihad was unavailable due to stadium work.
“The Etihad was great, and they are keen to have us back next year,” said Solly, who is open to the idea of staying it in Newcastle in 2016.
Salford face Widnes and Hull FC take on Hull KR on Saturday, ahead of Wigan’s blockbuster against Leeds.
Shaun Wane’s men trained yesterday and reviewed their 58-16 loss at Catalans. Prop Ben Flower should return from injury this week.