MAGIC Weekend will be played at a new venue next year, Super League have confirmed.

Warrington Wolves and their Super League rivals will turn out at Elland Road in Leeds – a change from the usual venue of St James’ Park in Newcastle.

The Wire will play Leeds Rhinos to bring the curtain down on the first day of action, with the game kicking off at 5.30pm on Saturday, August 17. It will be the first time the two sides have met at a Magic Weekend.

Magic will form Round 22 of Super League 2024, with confirmation that clubs will announce their first two fixtures tomorrow evening at 7pm with the full fixture lists revealed at 8.30am on Thursday.

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“Magic Weekend is going to have a different feel in 2024, as a result of the return to a date later in the summer to move away from the Betfred Challenge Cup Final in June, and the non-availability of St James’ Park which has proved such a popular venue for the last three years," RL Commercial managing director Rhodri Jones said.

“We are delighted to have agreed a deal with Leeds United FC to stage Magic Weekend at Elland Road, one of the biggest and best stadia in the north of England – and with a rich Rugby League history, having staged numerous big matches from the 1982 Challenge Cup Final replay to the World Cup semi final between Australia and New Zealand last year.

“The fixtures formula we have used for Magic since 2019, which involves seeding teams into three groups of four based on their 2023 performance, has produced an intriguing line-up of matches, and with all clubs offering special pricing for Magic as part of their season tickets package, we would encourage fans to move quickly when tickets go on sale in the coming weeks.”

Leeds United FC's home ground will become the sixth venue to host Magic Weekend since its inception back in 2007, with Cardiff's Millenium Stadium staging the first two.

Magic returned to Cardiff in 2011 after two years at Edinburgh's Murrayfield before the Etihad Stadium in Manchester took over as host for 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Newcastle then seemed to establish itself as a popular home for the concept, with seven of the last eight Magic Weekends being held at St James' Park.

The only exception was 2019, when Magic moved to Liverpool FC's Anfield home.

“Over recent years we have held some fantastic events at Elland Road, with some of the biggest games in Rugby League including the World Cup semi-final in 2022, along with England men’s and women’s international football fixtures and Josh Warrington’s world title boxing fight," Leeds United chief executive Angus Kinnear said.

“We are thrilled to be adding the 2024 Magic Weekend to that list, it is great for us as a club and will also bring economic benefits to the whole city of Leeds.

“Everyone knows what a special venue Elland Road is and we’re all looking forward to another great spectacle.”

Magic Weekend 2024 schedule

(All games live on Sky Sports)

Saturday, August 17

Hull FC vs London Broncos

Wigan Warriors vs St Helens

Warrington Wolves vs Leeds Rhinos

Sunday, August 18

Leigh Leopards vs Salford Red Devils

Catalans Dragons vs Hull KR

Huddersfield Giants vs Castleford Tigers