Championship clubs get their own Magic style weekend in Blackpool

Rugby league is heading back to Blackpool
Rugby league is heading back to Blackpool

BLACKPOOL is to host a Magic style weekend for Kingstone Press Championship clubs from next year.

The Summer Bash will see a full round of Kingstone Press Championship fixtures played over two action-packed days at Bloomfield Road.

It will take place over the Bank Holiday weekend, Saturday May 23 and Sunday May 24, 2015. As well as three matches on each day, the Summer Bash will bring the same party atmosphere to Blackpool that Super League fans have enjoyed at Magic Weekend over the last few years with live music, a Fanzone, social media interactions and on-pitch entertainment.

The Summer Bash is a new addition to the Championship calendar and has been introduced as part of the league restructuring that will see the top two divisions each feature 12 clubs from 2015 onwards.

The world famous seaside resort created magical memories for Championship fans between 2005 and 2012 when it staged the Northern Rail Cup and the Summer Bash is expected to become a popular feature of the Championship calendar.

RFL Chief Operating Officer Ralph Rimmer said: “We are delighted to announce that the Kingstone Press Championship will head to Blackpool for the Summer Bash in 2015.

“The Summer Bash will be a fantastic addition to the new-look Championship and I am sure fans of all the clubs involved will embrace the concept and take the opportunity to spend a magical weekend at the seaside.

“With so much accommodation choice for every Rugby League fan over the Bank Holiday Weekend, Blackpool is the perfect destination for the Summer Bash.

“Blackpool has provided the backdrop to some epic Rugby League matches down the years and the restoration of promotion and relegation from 2015, when every minute of every game matters, will produce drama of the highest quality.”

The 2015 Kingstone Press Championship Summer Bash fixtures, and details of ticket prices and availability, will be announced later this year.