Major League Quidditch Returns to Play After COVID-19 Pandemic
Muggle quidditch is finally back for in-person competitive matches. As previously announced, the 2021 Major League Quidditch (MLQ) season will start on June 26, and this weekend will be the season-opening gameplay weekend for MLQ.
The games will be played in more than one place. The first one is a two-day tournament at East River Park in New York. The hosting team, New York Titans, will be competing there against two other teams from the East Division: the Rochester Whiteout and the Charlotte Aviators.
New York is a perennial contender that finished second in 2015 and reached the semifinals in 2018 and 2019. But Rochester is expected to provide stiff competition, as the Whiteout has won a division title and completed two one-loss regular seasons, unlike the Titans.
This will be the Charlotte Aviators’ first-ever MLQ game because this is the team’s trial season. When the season is over, MLQ will decide if the Charlotte Aviators will join the other MLQ teams permanently or not.
Other games will be held at Highland View Park in Overland Park, Kansas. The Kansas City Stampede, as the hosting team, will be playing against the League City Legends, coming to Kansas from the Houston, Texas, area. The last three-game series will be organized at Riverwood Park in Indianapolis, Indiana, by the Indianapolis Intensity. Their opponents will be the Cleveland Riff.
All games are open to the public, and the tickets are priced at the amount the customer thinks they’re worth. For those who can’t attend the tournament, the games will be streamed on three social media outlets: the MLQ YouTube channel, the Indianapolis Intensity Facebook page, and the Kansas City Stampede Facebook page, according to the schedule.
These will be the first competitive quidditch matches in the United States since March 2020. The last time MLQ played was in August 2019 in Richmond, Virginia. Later, the 2020 season was canceled. Now, every team that wants to play has to strictly follow the MLQ’s guidelines, released in March.
Teams are competing to qualify for the roster for the Benepe Cup, which is the main league trophy. The final tournament, the 2021 MLQ Championship, will be held on August 21–22 in Howard County, Maryland.