Dates and Locations for US Quidditch Regional and National Championships Announced
The dates and locations for US Quidditch (USQ) fixtures for the 2019–2020 and 2020–2021 seasons have been announced, with the US Quidditch Cup due to take place in Charleston, West Virginia, and Salt Lake City, Utah, respectively!
US Quidditch Cup 13 will be held on April 18–19, 2020, at Shawnee Sports Complex in Charleston, West Virginia. This is the first time that the venue will host a USQ event, which is partly the reason why it was chosen. USQ is keen to forge new partnerships that will give visitors the chance to take part in unique local activities. The bid was further noted for its creativity, support on offer for medical staff, logistical equipment, hospitality and security, and location as being more centrally located for many teams.
On April 17–18, 2021, US Quidditch Cup 14 will be hosted at the Regional Athletic Complex in Salt Lake City, Utah. This will mark the first time that Salt Lake City will host a major quidditch championship. The complex was chosen for its excellent facilities, significant marketing and volunteering resources, and opportunities for visitors to explore the surrounding outdoor areas, such as numerous national parks.
Many will also be pleased with this choice since it will mark the first time that a venue has been chosen west of the Rocky Mountains, which should help alleviate the travel burden on those who otherwise find they must always travel longer distances.
The final decision process was handled by US Quidditch staff and the board of directors and focused on certain priorities gathered from feedback from players, spectators, and officials. Travel costs, quality of facilities, and the opportunity for activities outside of the main event were all among the key factors in the decision-making process.
The US Quidditch Cup is the culmination of the US quidditch season and sees the best quidditch teams from across the country battle it out for the championship title, in both the collegiate and the community divisions. Teams can qualify through regional events held throughout the year, the dates and locations of which have also been released.
Some regional sites are also hosting for the first time, such as Warwick, Rhode Island, which is hosting the Northeast Regional Championship, while others are hosting again, such as Auburndale, Florida, which is hosting the South Regional Championship for the third time.
For further information about the venues, including estimated weather and pitch type, you can check out the USQ announcement for further information.
Information about tickets is yet to be announced, but you can sign up using the USQ interest form to be kept updated with the latest news.
Do you agree with these venue choices? Should only experienced venues host the biggest competition in US quidditch or should brand-new venues get the chance to prove themselves on the ultimate stage?