Community rugby league club Cramlington Rockets have surpassed their tickets sales from last year’s Magic Weekend in Newcastle with two months still to go to this year’s event.
A total of 516 tickets have been ordered so far, mainly in the East Stand, with another sea of orange expected to add to the carnival atmosphere.
Magic Weekend is one of the biggest occasions of the rugby league calendar, when all 12 First Utility Super League sides play in one venue over two days.
Newcastle United’s St James’ Park is the venue for the second year in a row after a record turnout last May.
Around 70,000 people are expected to be in attendance this time around for the two-day extravaganza, held on the weekend of May 21 and 22.
The Rockets’ army of orange caught the eyes of fans and the national media alike last year, and chairman Jeff Ball is excited for another big turnout.
“Last year was amazing and everyone came away with a big smile on their face,” he said.
“We were thrilled to be able to take so many people last time, and to be able to take even more this year will really make the atmosphere something special.”
The BBC, ITV, Sky and even the Sydney Morning Herald were amongst those to mention the burgeoning Northumberland-based club, who are setting the standard for a community club outside the sport’s traditional heartlands of Yorkshire and Lancashire.
Ball added: “We like to point out that we brought more supporters than Catalan Dragons did last year, but in fairness they do have another 1,000 miles to travel.
“In all seriousness, though, events like Magic Weekend are essential for growing the game in the north east and it is full credit to the RFL and Super League for bringing it back.
“It is important we say ‘thank you’ by turning out in force and giving them a big Geordie welcome so, when it comes to 2017, we are in the mix to hold it once again.”
For more information on Cramlington Rockets’ Magic Weekend involvement, go to the Cramlington Rockets website.