13 reasons why to join our Magic Night Out

Newcastle Thunder are already anticipating welcoming the biggest ever crowd to Kingston Park Stadium for a rugby league match this Friday when Bradford Bulls are the visitors (KO 19:45)

With a mouth-watering fixture the headline attraction, the club has compiled a list of 12 reasons why, if a ticket has not already been bought, it should be top of people’s to-do lists over the coming days!

Two games for the price of one – Ticket holders can start their night from 17:30, with access to both the U19 and first-team fixtures between Thunder and Bulls.

Fans are welcome to watch the next generation of talent from both clubs, with entry granted via the East Stand from 16:00.

Supporters will then need to make their way to their allocated seat once the U19 game is completer.

The opposition – Needing no introduction, the Bulls are one of the most famous names in rugby league.

Winners of multiple titles across the years and with a list of past players that reads like a who’s who of greats of the game, the Bulls are living up to their pre-season billing as one of the form teams in the competition.

It sets up a mouth-watering fixture that any fan of rugby league will not want to miss.

The atmosphere – With ticket sales accelerating as kick off draws ever closer, a bumper crowd is set to get Kingston Park rocking this Friday evening.

Set to eclipse the previous best attendance at the ground (set at 3,033 back in 2016) and see both the East and West sides packed out, the atmosphere is set to be further electrified with a passionate, plentiful away following.

Join the crowd and be part of a night that is going to put rugby league on the North East sporting map.

The Stadium – Our purpose built Kingston Park Stadium is one of the best outside of the Betfred Super League and is used to hosting top flight rugby union fixtures alongside the regular instalments of Betfred League 1.

Making use of the East and West Stands, fans will sample excellent facilities whichever stand they hold tickets for, with the all important bar and food facilities ready to help supporters make the most of their night in the North East.

The Post Match Entertainment – With the Magic Night Out being Thunder’s biggest game of the year, the club will provide plenty of opportunity for fans to stay on after the match and reflect on what will hopefully be a fantastic evening of sport.

Bars will remain open well past the final whistle whilst in the West Stand concourse Mick Memphis,  one of the UK’s top Elvis impersonators, will bring the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas to the ground with his stunning tribute to the Magic of The King.

The Super League Trophy – With the Magic Weekend bringing all 12 teams from the sport’s top division to the North East, the silverware that one will lift in October will also be present for the weekend.

On Friday, it will join us at Kingston Park Stadium on the West Stand concourse and will be available for supporters to get their photos taken with it.

With both Bradford and Thunder at least two years away from lifting it themselves, make sure you seize the chance for a momento!

The Touchstone book launch: Joining Thunder at the Magic Night Out will be respected rugby league journalist Steve Mascord with the launch of his new book Touchstones.

Be sure to keep your eyes and ears peeled for Steve, who will be going around the ground over the course of the evening

 Thunder Masters – Kicking off at 18:00 on the North Pitch you can watch our Over 35 Masters side play in the brand new Thunder Masters strips.

 The Community Activity – Witness first-hand how Newcastle Thunder spread’s the rugby league world across the North East via the work of its award-winning foundation.

Named the best foundation across the Championship and League 1 in 2017, a number of participants from the programmes that have been delivered by the foundation’s staff so far this year will be taking part in a range of activities.

Pre match, local junior players that have been reached via Sky Try will take part in a festival, while at half time; the Thunder dance project will give a performance to the assembled crowd.

Also taking place pre-match will be the latest fixture for the Newcastle Thunder Masters team, with more details of that to come later in the week.

The Mouth Watering head to heads – While all the additional activity brings added draw to the Magic Night Out, it is on the pitch where the focus clearly lies and whilst the game is set to be an intense battle between two squads of 17, there are a number of individual match ups that supporters should be excited to see (subject to selection):

Lewis Young v Dane Chisholm: League 1’s young player of the season taking on one of the form players of the season in the competition is a real eye catcher.  With plenty of pace and guile expected to be on show from both, expect this pair to light up the Magic Night Out and shine even more brightly than the stadium floodlights.

Jack Aldous – Callum Bustin: Team mates during 2017, this is a match up that is set to see two players with bags of energy and an inability to take a backwards step come head to head. Strong forces in the middles, expect some big carries and serious go forward from both of these men.

Tee Ritson – Jy Hitchcock: Two lightening quick presences with plenty of gas, expect these two faces to be looking for gaps to hit the jets through and get their sides onto the front foot.

Tickets for Friday’s Betfred League 1 encounter remain on sale, with advanced purchased tickets priced at £12 for adults.

Tickets can be booked by clicking here, calling 0871 2266060 or by visiting the Kingston Park Stadium box office.

Advanced prices remain valid until midnight on Thursday 17 May, with full match day prices then coming into effect