Wood hails magical start to Engage Super League XVI

RFL Chief Executive, Nigel Wood, today hailed Millennium Magic 2011 as the best ever start to an Engage Super League season after Rugby League supporters were treated to a weekend to remember in Cardiff.

Two bumper crowds on Saturday and Sunday witnessed some thrilling action as Rugby League's elite competition kicked off in style beneath the closed roof of the Millennium Stadium.

"Millennium magic has been a truly uplifting weekend and the best start to a Super League season we have ever had," said Wood.

"The attendance exceeded our expectations and the atmosphere both inside and outside the Millennium Stadium was magnificent.

"The supporters were treated to some high quality action on both days, especially on Sunday when the Welsh fans saw Crusaders make a dream start to the season."

The attendance for the opening day on Saturday, which featured four matches, was 30,891 whilst 29,323 people saw Sunday's three fixtures.  The combined attendance of 60,214 is higher than the total for the inaugural Millennium Magic in Cardiff in 2007 (58,831) and an increase on the crowds at the two Magic Weekends staged at Edinburgh's Murrayfield Stadium in 2009 (59,749) and 2010 (52,043).
Gareth 'Alfie' Thomas of Crusaders Rugby League talks about his side's phenomenal victory over Salford at Millennium Magic 2011.


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