MLQ Opens Bidding for the 2022 Season
The 2021 Major League Quidditch (MLQ) season ended over the summer, but the new season is already being prepared. That means that MLQ is opening bidding for the events in the 2022 season.
The main event is MLQ Championship, which usually takes place at the end of August. For that, MLQ released the bid manual with all the requirements. The main requirement is at least three pitches with a length of 66 yards and a width of 36 yards. There are also other requirements for pitches like high-quality turf or grass, field lighting, electricity access, reliable Internet, etc. The other important requirements are restrooms, water fountains, and indoor space. MLQ also prefers that the places be accessible to MLQ staff at least one day before the event.
The deadline for the bidding was recently extended to December 1, 2021, with some changes. MLQ previously required access to fields on the Saturday and Sunday of the tournament, but access to fields on the Monday of the tournament weekend was added as an additional requirement. Another new requirement is wired Internet and press boxes for each field. The current deadline is December 1, 2021, and a month later, on January 1, 2022, the finalists will be announced. The final location will be announced on February 1, 2022.
Additionally, MLQ also released the bid manual for the regular season. Those are one- or two-day events that are held all summer until MLQ Championship. There are fewer requirements than for MLQ Championship. The main requirement is at least one Muggle quidditch pitch. Another difference is that MLQ requires access for MLQ staff only at least two hours before the event. Deadlines are the same as for MLQ Championship.
For Muggle quidditch, values such as diversity, equity, and inclusion are also very important. MLQ wants to be sure that everyone at the event can feel safe. That’s why part of the bid manual includes questions about the location, such as the score of the host city from the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index or its rating from the LGBT Map’s Equality Index.