2015-16 Quidditch Season Venues Announced
The US Quidditch Cup – previously known as US Qudditch World Cup – will return to the South Region on April 16-17 in partnership with the Columbia Regional Sports Council. It will be the first national event hosted at the new fields for Saluda Shoals Park. The bidding process that began in December 2014 was narrowed to Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Columbia, South Carolina, in May. The announcement of all venues for the 2015-2016 season came from US Quidditch on August 10.
The park itself is an opening to exceptional educational, recreational, and cultural opportunities. Located along the banks of the beautiful Saluda River, the facility includes six multi-use fields with exceptional visibility and lighting.
Hosting nationals in Columbia will allow us to put on a championship event that highlights the high level of competition that our top teams have to offer. The South Carolina Sports Alliance has demonstrated a deep commitment to [Q]uidditch, which is reflected in Columbia’s bid.
Sarah Woolsey, USQ’s Events Director, said,
The Cup will be contested by 60 teams in a competitive pool play structure. Last year, the Swiss gameplay format was put into play for the first time. The Swiss format places an emphasis on strong play during the tournament itself, while the pool play format focuses on how well each team performed during the whole season. To learn more about the differences between the two structures, the reasoning behind this decision, and how teams will qualify, click here.
We could not be more excited to open our new park with such an incredible event. Our staff & our community look forward to welcoming US Quidditch in April of 2016!
Said Ashley Smith with the Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission,
Hosts and dates of the regional championships along with an announcement video have been included below. Which teams do you think will qualify for the fewer positions this year?
The first host of the new Great Lakes regional championship will be West Chester, Ohio at the Voices of America MetroPark, in partnership with Butler County Visitors Bureau on November 7 and 8, 2015
Other regional championships will be hosted at:
In partnership with Macomb Park District
November 21 and 22, 2015
Total Sports Experience
In partnership with Monroe County Sports Commission
October 31 and November 1, 2015
Virginia Beach, VA
The Hunt Club
In partnership with Virginia Beach Sports Marketing
November 14 and 15, 2015
Polk County, FL
Lake Myrtle Sports Park
In partnership with Central Florida’s Polk County Sports Marketing
February 13 and 14, 2016
San Marcos, TX
West Campus Fields at Texas State University
In partnership with Texas State Quidditch Association
February 20 and 21, 2016
Los Angeles, CA
Intramural Fields at University of California, Los Angeles
In partnership with UCLA Recreation and UCLA Quidditch
February 27 and 28, 2016
Capital Futbol Club Soccer Complex
In partnership with Travel Salem
February 6 and 7, 2016
USQ Official announcement video