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Everything you need to know about NRL Magic Round 2023

Everything you need to know about NRL Magic Round 2023

Eight games, 16 teams, all converging at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium for one magical round of NRL football.

It’s the biggest weekend on rugby league’s calendar

Eight games, 16 teams, all converging at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium for one magical round of NRL football.

It’s like Christmas to footy fans, it’s the most must-see weekend of the entire year, and if it’s not on your bucket list that needs to change.

It’s just around the corner so we’ve put together an everything-you-need-to-know guide for you die-hard footy fans out there.

So, here’s everything to get you prepped - if you haven’t already got it sorted just yet.

What is it?


Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves, of course, let’s fill you in on what exactly to expect from NRL’s Magic Round.

It is a round-long celebration of the competition and a chance for footy fans from all across the country and even internationally to get together in one place and celebrate what they love.

Think of it as the festival of footy where everyone is there for one passion - rugby league.

The NRL has held three iterations of Magic Round so far in 2019, 2021, and 2022 and has brought in over 130,000 spectators across each action-packed weekend.

So it’ll be thousands of people all with a shared love in one place.

When and where?


NRL Magic Round always takes place at Brisbane’s 52,000-capacity Suncorp Stadium with all games held over one Friday to Sunday weekend every year.

In 2023, it takes place from May 5 to May 7 during Round 10 of the 2023 season for one footy-fuelled long weekend.

All eight games of the round will take place, with two scheduled for the Friday, three for the Saturday, and three for the Sunday.

There are some must-see clashes on every day so it’s well worth making it for all three days.

And on that note…



Tickets are still available for all three days of the extravaganza with prices ranging from $99 to $285 - that’s some excellent value for eight games of footy.

There are also group bookings available where you and your mates can get together with some excellent packages available that include drinks and food packages to make it a proper weekend away.

You won’t even have to leave your seat.

If you can only make it for one or two days of the weekend there are single-day passes available from $40 to $116 and you can find them here.



There are some mouth-watering fixtures to look out for - especially now that we have the introduction of a new Queensland-based team in the Dolphins.

Friday 5th May

Canterbury Bulldogs vs Canberra Raiders – 6:00pm

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles vs Brisbane Broncos – 8:05pm

Saturday 6th May

New Zealand Warriors vs Penrith Panthers – 3:00pm

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks vs Dolphins – 5:30pm

Melbourne Storm vs South Sydney Rabbitohs – 7:45pm

Sunday 7th May

Wests Tigers vs St George-Illawarra Dragons – 1:50pm

Sydney Roosters vs North Queensland Cowboys – 4:00pm

Gold Coast Titans vs Parramatta Eels – 6:25pm

How to get to Suncorp?

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No matter where you’re situated in Brisbane, it’s easy to get to Suncorp Stadium.

Each ticket comes with free public transport across the Queensland City Rail Network (excluding AIrtrain) and all Brisbane bus services.

There are stations in Milton and Roma Street which are the nearest to the stadium.

There will also be a dedicated stadium shuttle that runs between key locations in the city for the round.

Featured Image Credit: NRL/Supplied.

Topics: Australia, Rugby League, NRL