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NRL Magic Weekend staying in Brisbane until 2027

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The National Rugby League (NRL) has announced that Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium will continue hosting its Magic Round until 2027.

The announcement was made on Friday ahead of Suncorp Stadium’s staging of the 2024 NRL Magic Round. The event sees all teams play a fixture at the same venue over the same weekend.

This year’s event sold out in record time and welcomed more than 140,000 fans from Friday through to Sunday. The event is supported by the Queensland Government, via Tourism and Events Queensland, together with Brisbane City Council, via the Brisbane Economic and Development Agency.

Australian Rugby League Commission chairman Peter V’landys said: “Queensland without rugby league is like a beach without sand and sun. There is no greater sight than seeing the fans in their jerseys going down Caxton Street. No other street in Australia has the same atmosphere and excitement as Caxton Street. It’s an experience that everyone should add to their bucket list.”

NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo added: “No other sport can compete with the unique week of entertainment offered by NRL Magic Round Brisbane. Fans from across the Pacific are voting with their feet, with 40% of ticket holders coming from outside of Queensland – a figure that has doubled since 2019. This year we’ve created a fan engagement precinct on Caxton Street and added Women’s State of Origin.”

In other news, Thursday’s night’s Women’s State of Origin match between New South Wales and Queensland at Suncorp Stadium attracted an attendance of 25,492 – a record for the women’s series.

The figure was nearly double the attendance of last year’s series opener at CommBank Stadium, which attracted 12,972 fans. The attendance was also significantly higher than the previous series record of 18,275, posted during Game 2 of the 2023 series at Queensland Country Bank Stadium.

The second game of this year’s series will take place in Newcastle on June 6.