RFL hail magic weekend
RFL officials have expressed their satisfaction with an aggregate attendance of 59,749 for the two-day Magic Weekend in Edinburgh
Last Updated: 03/05/09 9:42pm
Rugby Football League officials have expressed their satisfaction with an aggregate attendance of 59,749 for the two-day Magic Weekend in Edinburgh.
A total of 30,122 watched Sunday's four matches at Murrayfield and, with 29,627 in attendance on the opening day, the combined total is down on last year's aggregate of 63,144 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
But the RFL are taking encouragement from the fact that crowds were up on the 58,831 that attended the first Millennium Magic in 2007 and insist the figures are encouraging.
RFL chief executive Nigel Wood said: "Once again rugby league fans have turned out in force to support their game.
"The Magic Weekend is all about putting on a great showcase for supporters in a destination city and our partners in Scotland have been extremely supportive.
"Planning for next year's Magic Weekend in Edinburgh will start straight away and the starting point will be to seek feedback from clubs and supporters so that in 2010 this event is even bigger and better."
League officials are also encouraged by sales of 6,236 tickets locally.
Wood added: "Scotland's performance in last year's World Cup did a lot to raise awareness of rugby league in this country and the fact that more than 6,000 Scots have attended will add to the momentum.
"We are expanding our development team up here to turn the increased interest in the sport into more participants and, who knows, in years to come we may see a Scottish team playing in the Championship or Super League as a result of what we've started this year."