WIGAN Warriors will kick-off their 2016 Super League season at home to Catalans Dragons on Friday, February 5.
Shaun Wane’s men face a trip to Huddersfield Giants the following week before taking on Brisbane Broncos on Saturday, February 20, in a repeat of last season’s World Club Series clash.
Fans will need their passports ready for Saturday, July 2, when Warriors travel to play Catalans away at Stade Gilbert Brutus.
All three opening fixtures will be televised live by Sky Sports, with the first non-televised match coming against Salford Red Devils at the DW Stadium on Friday, February 26.
It is St Helens’ turn to host the Good Friday derby this year, but the venue for Wigan’s home Easter Monday clash with Hull KR is yet to be confirmed as it clashes with Wigan Athletic’s home game against Rochdale.
Wigan fans need to make arrangements for Thursday night rugby league five times in the opening 23 rounds, at home to Widnes on March 17 and Huddersfield on April 21, while Wigan are away to Warrington on April 28, Castleford on May 26 and Widnes on June 16.
The first phase of the season before the Supers 8s begins sees Wigan travel to Leeds in round 22 on Friday, July 15 before hosting St Helens on Friday July 22 in round 23.
Super League General Manager Blake Solly said: “2015 was one of the best years ever for Super League and I am really looking forward to see if 2016 can be just as exciting. The new league structure is now into its second year and it gives every team the opportunity to create some incredible moments and memories.”
Round one: Catalans Dragons (H), Friday, February 5, 8pm SKY
Round two: Huddersfield Giants (A), Friday, February 12, 8pm SKY
World Club Series: Brisbane Broncos (H), Saturday, February 20, TBC
Round three: Salford Red Devils (H), Friday, February 26, 8pm
Round four: Hull FC (A), Friday, March 4, 8pm
Round five: Leeds Rhinos (H), Friday, March 11, 8pm SKY
Round six: Widnes Vikings (H), Thursday, March 17, 8pm SKY
Round seven: St Helens (A), Friday March 25, TBC SKY
Round eight: Hull KR (H), Monday, March 28, TBC
Round nine: Warrington (H), Friday, April 1, 8pm SKY
Round 10: Wakefield Trinity Wildcats (A), Sunday, April 10, 3pm
Round 11: Castleford Tigers (H), Friday, April 15, 8pm
Round 12: Huddersfield Giants (H), Thursday, April 21 8pm SKY
Round 13: Warrington (A), Thursday, April 28, 8pm SKY
Round 14: Hull FC (H), Friday, May 13, 8pm
Round 15: Leeds Rhinos (Magic Weekend), Saturday, May 21, 7pm SKY
Round 16: Castleford Tigers (A), Thursday, May 26, 8pm SKY
Round 17: Salford Red Devils (A), Friday, June 3, 8pm
Round 18: Hull KR (A), Friday, June 10, 8pm
Round 19: Widnes Vikings (A), Thursday, June 16, 8pm SKY
Round 20: Catalans Dragons (A), Saturday, July 2, 6pm SKY
Round 21: Wakefield Trinity Wildcats (H), Friday, July 8, 8pm
Round 22: Leeds Rhinos (A), Friday, July 15, 8pm
Round 23: St Helens (H), Friday, July 22, 8pm
2016 kay dates:
FIRST UTILITY SUPER LEAGUE KEY DATES 2016
Weekend of 4th-7th – First Utility Super League Round One
Weekend of 19th-21st – World Club Series
Weekend of 24-28 – Easter Weekend
Weekend of 15 -17 – Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Round Five (teams 9th-12th in 2015 season enter)
Weekend of 5 –8 – Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Round Six (teams who finished 1st-8th in 2015 season enter)
Weekend of 21 – 22 – Magic Weekend
Weekend of 23 – 26 – Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Quarter Finals
Weekend of 29 -31 – Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Semi Finals
Weekend of 3 - 7 – Super 8s begin
27 – Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Final
Weekend of 1-2 – First Utility Super League Semi Final and Million Pound Game
8 – First Utility Super League Grand Final