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Millennium Magic to start 2011 Super League season

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The Millennium Stadium's roof will be closed for the Magic Weekend in Cardiff

Cardiff's Millennium Stadium will host all seven of the 2011 Super League season's opening fixtures.

The season will kick off on the weekend of 12 and 13 February, with all the games being played under the stadium's closed roof.

The decision to start the season in Cardiff marks the return of the Magic Weekend to the Welsh capital after a two-year absence.

The event has been hosted for the last two years in Edinburgh at Murrayfield.

However, attendances were down at this season's weekend in May, prompting the Rugby Football League to review the format.

And, following consultation with clubs and fans, they have chosen to take it back to Cardiff, which hosted the first two Magic Weekends in 2007 and 2008, where the ability to play under a roof means spectators will be able to watch in comfort.

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Super League's director of events and projects, Sally Bolton, said: "The Millennium Stadium has hosted some memorable rugby league matches and I'm sure supporters of every club will not want to miss out on what promises to be a truly magical weekend.

"The stadium's closed roof means that fans can watch all seven games in comfort over what I'm sure will be two days that will prove to be the highlights of the 2011 sporting calendar.

"The clubs were very keen on continuing with Magic Weekend and much of the feedback we got from fans was that as much as they loved the event, they missed the Millennium Stadium.

"We have some very happy memories of the last two years at Murrayfield and would like to extend our thanks to the Scottish Rugby Union for their support and assistance.

"However we have listened to what the clubs and fans wanted and are looking forward to putting together a spectacular opening to the new season at Millennium Stadium next February."



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see also
RFL review Magic Weekend format
07 May 10 |  My Club
Has Magic Weekend lost its spell?
03 May 10 |  Rugby League
Smith praises 'Murrayfield Magic'
29 Apr 10 |  Warrington
Doubts raised over Magic Weekend
27 Apr 10 |  Rugby League
RFL delighted with Magic weekend
05 May 09 |  Rugby League
Magic Weekend moves to Edinburgh
15 Jul 08 |  Rugby League


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