Thousands of rugby league fans will flock to the Etihad Stadium in Manchester for Super League’s annual Magic Weekend and Sky Sports will screen all seven matches live.
An entire round of games will be contested over two days at the venue and Sky Sports’ viewers will be able to see every try live.
However, in a bonus for non-Sky Sports customers, fans will also able to watch all of Saturday’s four matches via Sky’s free-to-air channel Pick, bringing nine-and-a-half hours of live Super League action to terrestrial viewers.
With seven matches featuring all 14 clubs, the Etihad Stadium will be packed to the rafters with rugby league fans, all hoping to be treated to a veritable feast of sport.
One of the standout ties pits defending champions Wigan Warriors against six-time winners Leeds Rhinos, with the Warriors having dumped Leeds out of last season’s competition at the semi-final stage.
Local bragging rights will also be on offer when Hull KR meet Hull FC, while Castleford, one of the season’s surprise packages so far,
tackle struggling Wakefield.
The action kicks off on Saturday, May 17 at 12.30pm when London Broncos face Catalan Dragons, with the English club looking to avenge a 46-18 defeat in the corresponding fixture last year.
At 2.45pm, Widnes Vikings and Salford Red Devils do battle in a re-match of one of the closest contests of 2013, when Salford emerged victorious with a 28-22 win.
The mouth-watering cross-city derby, Hull FC v Hull Kingston Rovers takes centre stage from 5.00pm when the sport’s biggest rivals go head-to-head in what is expected to be one of the highlights of the whole weekend.
Day one ends with an epic showdown between Super League defending champions Wigan Warriors and 2012 Grand Final winners Leeds Rhinos, who kick-off at 7.15pm.
Local rivalry will ensure a spectacular start on Sunday which begins with the West Yorkshire clash between neighbours Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and Castleford Tigers at 12.30pm.
The sixth match of the weekend sees 2013 League Leaders Huddersfield Giants go up against Bradford Bulls (2.45pm), who have a point to make having lost 42-6 to their neighbours at the Etihad Stadium last summer.
Magic Weekend 2014 then draws to a grandstand conclusion as Warrington Wolves face St Helens before the curtain falls on another fascinating two days of Super League.
Sky Sports will screen all seven games of Super League’s 2014 Magic Weekend live and in high-definition.
Saturday’s four games will all be shown back-to-back on Sky Sports 3 with the action starting at 12.00pm, while coverage of Sunday’s three games will be broadcast on Sky Sports 1, also from 12.00pm.
Eddie Hemmings and Mike Stephenson lead the Sky Sports presentation team from the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, along with contributions from regular analysts Phil Clarke and Brian Carney.
Bill Arthur, Rod Studd and Graham Beecroft will all rotate on commentary and touchline reporting duties.
Each of the seven games will be available to watch on the move via PCs, mobiles and tablet devices on Sky Go, while Sky Sports’ rugby league website is the place to find all the latest previews, team news, analysis and live text commentaries.
Pick, Sky’s free-to-air general entertainment channel, will simulcast Sky Sports’ live coverage of Saturday’s four matches.
Terrestial viewers will be able to tune in via Freeview channel 11 and Freesat 144, while Sky and Virgin subscribers without the Sky Sports package can also watch the action via Sky 152 and Virgin 180.
Sunday’s three games remain exclusively live to Sky Sports subscribers.
BBC Sport will screen free-to-air TV highlights of all seven games in the Super League Show, presented by Tanya Arnold.
Fans in the north of England will have the first chance to see terrestrial highlights of Magic Weekend 2014 on the following Monday evening at 12midnight.
The whole programme will be repeated across the UK on BBC Two and BBC Two HD on Tuesday lunchtime at 1.05pm.
BBC local radio will have live audio commentary from Manchester with these plus the latest news, interviews and video all available via the BBC Sport website.
Saturday 17th May LONDON BRONCOS v CATALAN DRAGONS Kick-off: 12:30 LIVE: 12.30pm-2.30pm Sky Sports 3 / Pick WIDNES VIKINGS v SALFORD RED DEVILS Kick-off: 14:45 LIVE: 2.30pm-4.30pm Sky Sports 3 / Pick HULL KR v HULL FC Kick-off: 17:00 LIVE: 4.30pm-7.00pm Sky Sports 3 / Pick LONDON BRONCOS v CATALAN DRAGONS Kick-off: 19:15 LIVE: 7.00pm-9.30pm Sky Sports 3 / Pick Sunday 18th May WAKEFIELD WILDCATS v CASTLEFORD TIGERS Kick-off: 12:30 LIVE: 12.00pm-2.30pm Sky Sports 1 HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS v BRADFORD BULLS Kick-off: 14:45 LIVE: 2.30pm-4.30pm Sky Sports 1 WARRINGTON WOLVES v ST HELENS Kick-off: 17:00 LIVE: 4.30pm-7.30pm Sky Sports 1 Monday 19th May The Super League Show Highlights: 12.00am-12.45am (Tue) BBC One (North of England only) Tuesday 20th May The Super League Show (rpt) Highlights: 1.05pm-1.50pm BBC Two