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Edinburgh Wins A Magic Weekend of Rugby

engage Super LeagueRugby League's "Magic Weekend", where a full round of engage Super League fixtures are played in one city over one weekend, will be played at Edinburgh's Murrayfield Stadium on the 2 and 3 May, 2009.

The relocation of the famous League weekend to the 67,000 seater stadium, which follows a two year agreement between Super League (Europe), Scottish Rugby and other local partners, means that Edinburgh will stage top class Rugby League for the first time since the 2002 Challenge Cup Final.

Sally Bolton, the RFL'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 engage Super League in prestigious and exciting cities.

"Each August the city hosts the world famous Edinburgh festival and for the next two years it will host a carnival of Rugby League in early May."

Councillor Steve Cardownie, City of Edinburgh Festivals and Events Champion, echoed those sentiments and said: "Edinburgh is held in the highest regard all over the world and our reputation for hosting major events get stronger every year.

"Edinburgh's rugby credentials are second to none so this is fantastic news for the city. The many rugby league fans who make their way here can be sure of a warm welcome and a fantastic time."

The Magic Weekend is the latest of several major events at Murrayfield for Edinburgh, including the pre-season friendly match between FC Barcelona and Hibernian later this month and the 2009 Heineken Cup Final next May. The final leg of Emirates Airline international 7s series is also held at Murrayfield in May.

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.

"The exceptional and flexible facilities available at Murrayfield allow us to add a unique festival atmosphere to major events.

"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.

"With so many great sporting events coming to Murrayfield in May 2009 it promises to be a great month for sports fans."

The decision which was made by the engage Super League clubs means that supporters can look forward to a bigger and better carnival experience next year with a greater choice of accommodation and restaurants as well as an improved entertainment programme thanks to the world-class facilities in and around Murrayfield stadium.

Sally Bolton added: "Murrayfield presents a fantastic opportunity for us to take the Magic Weekend entertainment experience to the next level and to provide a complete entertainment package for all supporters.

"Our plans for a specially created fan village around the Stadium are set to create a carnival atmosphere for the whole family.

"The city itself offers family entertainment and a feast of activity before the games kick off each day and also after the final whistle.

"Our event partners for 2009 are committed to working with us to offer a range of accommodation to create an appropriate portfolio for supporters and teams alike."

Paul Bush, Chief Operating Officer of EventScotland, welcomed the news and said: "The securing of Rugby League's showpiece weekend for the next two years is a fantastic coup and testament to the strength of partnership shown by ourselves, Scottish Rugby, City of Edinburgh Council, VisitScotland and the Edinburgh Convention Bureau.

"The event has proven to be a huge success over the last couple of years in Cardiff, and with estimates of the economic impact standing in the region of £10million for 2008; we aim to continue building on this success going forward.

"With Scotland extending an invite through its Year of Homecoming to those with an affinity to the country to return ‘home' in 2009, May 2009 provides the perfect opportunity for rugby fans to combine a trip to Scotland with the opportunity to see world-class rugby played on a world-class stage."

Visit Scotland, Director of Visitor Engagement, Malcolm Roughead, OBE stated: "VisitScotland is delighted to support the Scottish Rugby and its partners in bringing Rugby League to Edinburgh.

"Edinburgh's appeal as a destination and the easy accessibility of the city for visitors make it the perfect location to spend a weekend enjoying the sights and sounds of the city and the rugby during what promises to be a festival of rugby in May 2009."

Tickets will go on general sale to the public on Tuesday 15 July from the Murrayfield ticket centre on 0131 346 5015 or www.scottishrugby.org or via www.ticketmaster.co.uk on 0844 847 1737 or 0044 161 385 1476.

One day tickets are priced at £15, £25, £35 and £5, £10 and £15 for concessions (Under 17s, OAP's and students).

Two day tickets are priced at £25, £40, £50 and £20, £15 and £10 concessions (Under 17s, OAP's and students).

Tickets may be subject to booking fees.

Scottish based fans can also purchase tickets in person from Scottish Rugby's Ticket Centre at Murrayfield.


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