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Magic Weekend moves to Edinburgh

Murrayfield Stadium
Murrayfield hosted the Challenge Cup final in 2000 and 2002

Rugby league's Magic Weekend will move from Cardiff to Edinburgh's Murrayfield Stadium next year.

The event, which sees a full round of Super League fixtures played in one city over a single weekend, will take place on 2 and 3 May 2009.

Edinburgh takes over on a two-year deal from Cardiff, which hosted the first two weekends in 2007 and 2008.

It means Edinburgh will host top-class rugby league for the first time since the 2002 Challenge Cup final.

Sally Bolton, the Rugby Football League's director of events and projects, said: "We are delighted to announce these new and exciting details of the Magic Weekend.

"After successfully introducing the concept in 2007 and 2008 and firmly establishing it in the Rugby League calendar, we believe our plans for 2009 will take the event to the next level and offer supporters a unique family entertainment experience.

"A number of cities had expressed an interest in hosting this event but we believe this new location has all the right ingredients to continue its development.

"The concept of the Magic Weekend is all about taking the sport on the road and staging the Super League in prestigious and exciting cities."

Gordon McKie, Scottish Rugby's chief executive, said: "We are thrilled to have secured another major sporting event for Murrayfield and Edinburgh, again underlining Scottish Rugby's commitment to hosting world class premium events at the Stadium.

"We are very much looking forward to working in partnership with our key stakeholders to ensure that the Magic Weekend is a tremendous success both for Edinburgh and Scotland.

Tickets will go on general sale to the public on Tuesday with one-day passes priced from 15 and two-day passes from 25.

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