What a Magic Weekend! Stevo praises rugby league's 'great party'
Stevo salutes Magic Weekend's 'rugby league bonanza' and hopes it can return to Etihad Stadium.
Last Updated: 19/05/14 5:14pm
There were record crowds over the two days in Manchester with all 14 Super League clubs in action across the two days.
The event, which has been previously staged in Cardiff and Edinburgh, is still unconfirmed to return to the home of the 2014 Premier League champions with the Etihad set to undergo extensive building work next summer.
Sky Sports expert Mike Stephenson says he'd love to see rugby league's 'great party' back in Manchester in 2015.
"We often say it's not a sport, we turn it into an event and that is exactly what we've done," said Stevo.
"People who have perhaps not seen rugby league come along for the first time, and let's face it, they've got to get hooked on this game.
"I keep saying it's the greatest game of all and I've loved every single minute.
"It's been a wonderful bonanza and a great party and everyone seems to be enjoying it. That just shows that they are growing and let's hope, I know they have building works planned for this stadium, but it's a magnificent place to be, we've all enjoyed and let's hope we can come back."
Leeds Rhinos and England star Jamie Peacock added: "The event has grown. It has taken time to catch hold for everybody. It has caught on with the players now, as well as the fans.
"I think it is important we have another showpiece event in rugby league. I believe this kind of event attracts fans from outside the sport. I know where I live people come to the Magic Weekend that don't normally watch Super League.
"There is a feeling in some of the clubs that the sport needs to grow as a whole for those clubs to grow. They have reached their potential within rugby league at the moment. These kinds of events grow rugby league, a little bit like the World Cup (last year)."