Ten of the Warriors' thirteen home games have been scheduled for Friday evenings at 8pm. The three exceptions to this are the Wakefield, St Helens and Celtic Crusaders games. However, the full list is still subject to change with Sky Sports due to select their initial live TV games by next Monday, 1st December.
The Wakefield game has been moved forward from its original Round 17 slot on Friday 19th June to enable essential pitch maintenance work which will take place at the JJB Stadium. During the fixture planning process, these dates were put forward to the Rugby Football League by the Wigan Club with a request to have a double round of back-to-back away matches in this period (June). However, the RFL Fixture Scheduling System was not able to accommodate this request in addition to many other clubs’ change requests and the agreed order of prioritisation for such change requests. The fixture has therefore been moved forward to February with the Warriors sharing the opening weekend with the Leeds Rhinos vs Celtic Crusaders and Harlequins RL vs Bradford Bulls games both of which have been brought forward to accommodate the World Club Challenge and associated warm-up tie involving the NRL's Manly Sea Eagles.
The Easter derby clash with St Helens at the JJB Stadium will be played on Maundy Thursday 9th April kicking off at 8.00pm before Wigan’s trip to Catalans Dragons on Easter Monday 13th April. The following weekend's home fixture against Celtic Crusaders will take place on Sunday 19th April; a game that will be the Warrior's first ever 'Community Rugby League Day'.
Commenting on the fixtures Wigan CEO Mick Hogan said,
"Once again the vast majority of games will be staged on Friday evenings, TV commitments permitting. Playing the St Helens home fixture on Maundy Thursday will allow additional time for players to recover and prepare at this traditionally congested time, particularly given that the Monday game involves travelling to France. The Thursday evening will be a great way to start the Easter Weekend and we are already expecting this game to sell out.
"Players' welfare is of paramount importance, and similarly, by moving the following weekend's fixture to the Sunday we give ourselves two further days of recovery from the Perpignan trip. It will also allow us to stage our first ever 'Community Rugby League Day' where we hope to run a series of activities involving local clubs, schools, businesses, families and other community groups. Sunday is a far better day to be able to involve these groups and will also allow many of our fans who live out of the region to travel to the game with greater ease.
"By extending the period in which we have to play the three Easter games from seven to ten days, we also believe it will give us a greater opportunity to be successful.
"The Wakefield game has been brought forward to comply with a request from the JJB Stadium Management Company for annual work to be carried out on the pitch in June. They made this request some months ago and, rather than move the Wakefield game to another venue, we decided to bring it forward to the start of the season. It is extremely important to our fans, sponsors, players, coaching staff, and the Management Board that every possible game is played at the JJB Stadium.
"With season ticket sales already up on the same point last year, it would seem our supporters are already very excited about Super League XIV. With two new teams in Salford City Reds and Celtic Crusaders entering the competition and with the move to Edinburgh for the Magic Weekend, it promises to be a fascinating season ahead."
|08 Feb||Wigan Warriors||V||Wakefield Wildcats||3.00PM|
|13 Feb||Hull FC||V||Wigan Warriors||8.00PM|
|20 Feb||Wigan Warriors||V||Castleford Tigers||8.00PM|
|28 Feb||Harlequins RL||V||Wigan Warriors||3.00PM|
|06 Mar||Wigan Warriors||V||Bradford Bulls||8.00PM|
|13 Mar||Leeds Rhinos||V||Wigan Warriors||8.00PM|
|20 Mar||Salford City Reds||V||Wigan Warriors||8.00PM|
|27 Mar||Wigan Warriors||V||Huddersfield Giants||8.00PM|
|09 Apr||Wigan Warriors||V||St Helens||8.00PM|
|13 Apr||Catalans Dragons||V||Wigan Warriors||6.00PM|
|19 Apr||Wigan Warriors||V||Celtic Crusaders||3.00PM|
|26 Apr||Wakefield Wildcats||V||Wigan Warriors||3.30PM|
|03 May||Wigan Warriors||V||St Helens||TBC|
|15 May||Wigan Warriors||V||Hull KR||8.00PM|
|24 May||Warrington Wolves||V||Wigan Warriors||3.00PM|
|05 Jun||Wigan Warriors||V||Salford City Reds||8.00PM|
|13 Jun||Celtic Crusaders||V||Wigan Warriors||6.00PM|
|28 Jun||Hull KR||V||Wigan Warriors||3.00PM|
|03 Jul||Wigan Warriors||V||Harlequins RL||8.00PM|
|10 Jul||Wigan Warriors||V||Catalans Dragons||8.00PM|
|19 Jul||Bradford Bulls||V||Wigan Warriors||3.00PM|
|24 Jul||Wigan Warriors||V||Leeds Rhinos||8.00PM|
|31 Jul||St Helens||V||Wigan Warriors||8.00PM|
|14 Aug||Wigan Warriors||V||Warrington Wolves||8.00PM|
|23 Aug||Castleford Tigers||V||Wigan Warriors||3.30PM|
|04 Sep||Wigan Warriors||V||Hull FC||8.00PM|
|13 Sep||Huddersfield Giants||V||Wigan Warriors||3.00PM|
* Please note: 2nd / 3rd May = Magic Weekend fixture @ Murrayfield, Edinburgh. Day and kick off time TBC. All fixtures may be subject to change.
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