Warrington Wolves fans are set to bring a new colour scheme to the home of Premier League champions Manchester City on Saturday when Etihad Stadium host Stobart Super League Magic Weekend.
The stadium, which usually reverberates to the home club’s theme tune Blue Moon, will be tinged with primrose and blue from the legion of what looks to be the event’s best supported team.
According to latest Box Office returns, the Wolves, winners of the 2011 Super League Leaders’ Shield, have sold more tickets for Magic Weekend than any other club.
There is still time for fans of all 14 teams to stake their claim as the best supported side in their fixture with tickets remaining on sale at most clubs until close of business on Friday. Tickets are also available to purchase from the RFL Ticket Office (details below).
Warrington play Widnes, who are making their Magic Weekend debut, in the second game of the opening day which ends with the Hull derby, when the black and whites of Hull FC are on course to be the dominant colours.
There is little to separate Castleford Tigers and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in terms of ticket sales for the opening match on Saturday, when an equally close derby is expected on the pitch.
Catalan Dragons are poised to enjoy their best support at a Magic Weekend with record numbers of fans flying into Manchester from Perpignan for the match against London Broncos which kicks off the action on Sunday.
Salford have sold more tickets than rivals Huddersfield Giants for Sunday’s second fixture, when Etihad Stadium could have a ‘home’ feel for the City Reds.
Supporters of defending champions Leeds Rhinos are also turning out in force for Sunday’s penultimate fixture at 4.00pm, when Bradford Bulls will be aiming to complete a league double having beaten their neighbours at Easter.
The fans of Challenge Cup holders Wigan Warriors stand more chance of providing the 14thman to their team with strong sales for the derby against St Helens, who are nonetheless experiencing brisk sales since their victory over Leeds on Monday night.
Tickets for Magic Weekend 2012 are selling fast and fans are advised to book in advance to secure their seat at the special event, which features a host of activities for all the family both inside and outside the stadium as well as seven mouth-watering Super League fixtures.
Unreserved tickets for the Magic Weekend have sold out, but reserved seating tickets are still available and cost from just £45 adult and £22.50 concession for day tickets. Tickets for the full weekend cost from just £60 adult and £30 concessions and are available by calling 0844 856 1113 or by visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk
The 2012 Magic Weekend schedule in full is:
Saturday May 26
1.00pm - Castleford Tigers v Wakefield Trinity Wildcats
4.00pm - Warrington Wolves v Widnes Vikings
7.00pm - Hull FC v Hull KR
Sunday May 27
12.00pm - Catalan Dragons v London Broncos
2.00pm - Huddersfield Giants v Salford City Reds
4.00pm - Bradford Bulls v Leeds Rhinos
6.00pm - St Helens v Wigan Warriors