Super League can announce that following a meeting of the fixtures working group and their recommendations agreed by the Super League Board, the 2021 Betfred Super League season will commence on Friday 26 March.
The season will kick-off with six games live on Sky Sports Arena across the weekend of 26-28 March. Super League club season ticket holders will also be able to watch their teams game via Our League and clubs will be in contact with details of how to access this ahead of the season.
The double header fixtures will be played behind closed doors on consecutive days, and in line with current Government protocols, at Emerald Headingley Stadium, Leeds.
In a change to the initial 2021 format, the revised structure will now see teams compete over 25 rounds, including Dacia Magic Weekend. The season finale, the Betfred Super League Grand Final will take place as originally scheduled at Old Trafford on Saturday, 9 October. The change in format is due to the two-week delay from the original 11 March start date announced in December 2020.
The first game of new season sees a repeat of the 2019 Grand Final with reigning Champions St Helens facing last year’s Challenge Cup finalists Salford Red Devils (kick-off 6pm) before 2020 runners-up Wigan Warriors take on local rivals and newly promoted Leigh Centurions (kick-off 8.15pm).
Dacia Magic Weekend remains part of the calendar for 2021, however due to on-going Covid-19 crowd restrictions at sporting events, the proposed date for the St James’ Park showpiece, has been moved to 4-5 September.
For those who already hold tickets for the 2021 event, updated FAQs can be found here. Details of when any additional tickets will go on sale will be announced in due course.
On the announcement Rhodri Jones, Super League chief commercial officer said: “With the start of the season a little over a month away, Super League would like to thank all our clubs, Sky Sports, our partners and the RFL for their tireless work in helping us make these announcements today.
“We look forward to continuing to work together throughout the 2021 season to deliver what promises to be another fantastic season.”
“Confirmation that Dacia Magic Weekend remains an important part of the 2021 season shows our commitment to the event and thanks must go to Newcastle United in supporting us to achieve this.
“Whilst it is frustrating for all involved to not be welcoming fans back into our stadiums for the start of the season, we are hopeful that as the situation in the country continues to improve and the vaccine rollout nears completion, we will be seeing fans enjoying live sport again soon.
“We will continue to work with all of our stakeholders to ensure that we are ready to deliver the return of fans in a safe and secure way.”
Round 1, Emerald Headingley Stadium (all games live on Sky Sports Arena);
FRIDAY, 26 MARCH
ST HELENS v SALFORD RED DEVILS, 6pm
LEIGH CENTURIONS v WIGAN WARRIORS, 8.15pm
SATURDAY, 27 MARCH
WAKEFIELD TRINITY v LEEDS RHINOS, 3pm
CATALANS DRAGONS v HULL KR, 5.15pm
SUNDAY, 28 MARCH
HULL FC v HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS, 12.30pm
CASTLEFORD TIGERS v WARRINGTON WOLVES, 2.45pm
Full fixtures for the 2021 Betfred Super League season will be published on Friday 26 February, marking one month to go until the new season kicks-off.