Let the Magic begin
The day we have all been waiting for has finally arrived: Warrington Wolves will go head-to-head with local rivals St Helens this evening at this year's Magic Weekend extravaganza.
The two north-west sides will conclude the first day of the Magic spectacular when they kick off at 6.45pm.
These derby encounters never fail to be entertaining on the pitch and today's off-field activities are set to match the on-field excitement captivating supporters from across the league with a wide range of attractions which are guaranteed to keep every member of the family busy and entertained across both days.
Super League's official partners are offering an exciting range of fan activities both in the Fanzone outside the stadium and during the stadium entertainment programme.
In the stadium there will be a house band - Conquer Rio - who will entertain the crowd between matches. Before every game there will be the opportunity for fans to watch the game from the Heinz Soup-er seat - where they will watch the game from the comfort of a sofa and enjoy Heinz Big products and champagne. To be selected for this great opportunity fans will have to demonstrate their skill playing the bongos on the Heinz bongo cam.
The Fanzone will be open today between 10am and 6.15pm.
The Rugby League World Cup trophy will also be in attendance with fans having the opportunity to have their picture taken with the sport's most coveted piece of silverware.
Other activities throughout the day will include:
• Foxy Bingo will have their special double decker bus, which will be fitted out with its own nail station for fans, as well as fun competitions to take part in;
• Heinz will be running the Big Soup passing challenge;
• Irn Bru will have a sumo wrestling and tackle game for fans to test themselves on;
• Brut are offering fans the chance to test out their skills like the Super League extraordinary players with a James Roby pull ups test, a Tom Briscoe passing speed challenge and the Sam Tomkins reactions and agility test;
• There will be a green screen photo opportunity where you can be captured lifting the Super League Trophy at The Grand Final;
• The RAF will be bringing their climbing wall along for people to test their head for heights.
• BBC1 filming of 'Long Live Britain' in the Manchester Squash Centre, part of the Etihad complex, with fans welcome to drop in to the mobile clinic to be hosted by Julia Bradbury and Phil Tufnell.
And all of this is in addition to the four top-flight Super League encounters on display today:
Saturday May 25
12.00 - Catalan Dragons v London Broncos
2.15 - Castleford Tigers v Wakefield Trinity Wildcats
4.30 - Hull FC v Hull Kingston Rovers
6.45 - St Helens v Warrington Wolves
25, May, 2013