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2017-18 Event Location Finalists Announced

US Quidditch is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2017-18 season events.

Updates

We are still finalizing some information about the bids. This section will be a log for updates to this article. We will notate the date a change is made and what that change is.

May 10, 2017: Updated available dates and average low temperature for Monroeville, Pennsylvania. Updated field information for Placer Valley.


The bid process for the 2017-18 season began in December 2016 and the bid submission deadline was April 17, 2017. Overall, we received a total of 25 bids for nine events in the upcoming season. Additional bids were submitted for events in future seasons, and those bids will be reviewed beginning next spring. The bid process will re-open in the fall for the 2018-19 season and beyond.

Over the next two months, USQ staff will conduct site visits with finalist cities. We will also conduct a thorough internal review of the locations with USQ volunteers. Final event dates and locations will be announced at the end of June.

Bid Evaluation Process

US Quidditch evaluated submitted bid based on the location of the bid, the quality of facilities, the amount of financial support (both direct financial support and additional in-kind support), and the level of community support, including letters of nominations from local teams as applicable. Each of the bid packages of the event finalists listed above surpassed USQ bid requirements and expectations in at least one of these categories. Further explanation of the bid process can be found on the event bidding page.

Players and teams with comments or questions about any of the bids in their region are encouraged to contact Events Director Mary Kimball at events@usquidditch.org.

Overview of Finalists

Please note that we are still confirming dates with all finalists and that dates are subject to change. As part of our review process with staff, we will explore the feasibility of hosting two USQ regional championships on the same weekend.

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Lubbock, Texas

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Berl Huffman Athletic Complex
Through Lubbock Sports

Available Dates: April 14-15 and April 21-22, 2018
Previously Hosted USQ Events: None
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Natural grass
Field Lighting Available: On some fields
Historical Weather: Average high: 75 degrees. Average low: 46 degrees.

For comparison, US Quidditch Cup 10 was held the first weekend of April, April 8-9, 2017. The weather on Saturday saw a high of 76 degrees and a low of 48 degrees. The weather on Sunday saw a high of 80 degrees and a low of 53 degrees.  

Round Rock, Texas

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Round Rock Multipurpose Complex
Through Round Rock CVB

Available Dates: April 14-15 and April 21-22, 2018
Previously Hosted USQ Events: None
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Combination natural grass and synthetic turf
Field Lighting Available: Yes
Historical Weather: Average high: 81 degrees. Average low: 51 degrees.

FALL REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

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Great Lakes Regional Championship 2017

Dayton, Ohio

Thomas A. Cloud Park
Through Dayton Convention and Visitors Bureau

Available Dates: Still finalizing, this article will be updated once dates are confirmed
Previously Hosted USQ Events: Great Lakes Regional Championship 2016
Average Driving Time: 2 Hours and 38 minutes
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Natural grass
Field Lighting Available: No
Historical Weather: Average high: 53 degrees. Average low: 35 degrees.

USQ is still in discussion with other partner locations, which may result in an additional finalist. We will update this article if that that is the case.  

For all regional championships, the average driving team is based on the addresses for teams registered at the start of the 2016-17 season.

Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship 2017

Henrico County, Virginia

Dorey Park
Through Henrico County Recreation and Parks & Richmond Region Tourism

Available Dates: October 28-29 and November 4-5, 2017
Previously Hosted USQ Events: Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship 2014
Average Driving Time: 3 Hours and 32 minutes
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Natural grass
Field Lighting Available: Yes
Historical Weather: Average high: 65 degrees. Average low: 39 degrees

Monroeville, Pennsylvania

Consol Turner Valley Complex
Through Visit Monroeville and SportsPITTSBURGH

Available Dates: October 28-29, November 4-5 and November 11-12, 2017
Previously Hosted USQ Events: None
Average Driving Time: 4 Hours and 4 minutes. 
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Natural grass
Field Lighting Available: No
Historical Weather: Average high: 53 degrees. Average low: 34 degrees.

Midwest Regional Championship 2017

Ames, Iowa

Score Recreation Athletic Complex
Through Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau

Available Dates: November 18-19, 2017
Previously Hosted USQ Events: Midwest Regional Championship 2016
Average Driving Time: 5 Hours and 15 minutes
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Natural grass
Field Lighting Available: Yes
Historical Weather: Average high: 47 degrees. Average low: 28 degrees.

Madison, Wisconsin

Breese Stevens Field and Reynolds Park
Through Madison Area Sports Commission

Available Dates: October 28-29 and November 4-5, 2017
Previously Hosted USQ Events: None
Average Driving Time: 5 Hours and 30 minutes
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Combination grass and turf (Breese Stevens Field is synthetic turf; Reynolds Park is natural grass)
Field Lighting Available: Yes
Historical Weather: Average high: 44 degrees. Average low: 28 degrees.

Breese Stevens Field and Reynolds Park are located across the street from each other.

Northeast Regional Championship 2017

Rochester, New York

Total Sports Experience
Through Monroe County Sports Commission

Available Dates: October 28-29, 2017
Previously Hosted USQ Events: Northeast Regional Championship in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016
Average Driving Time: 4 Hours and 8 minutes
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Natural grass
Field Lighting Available: No
Historical Weather: Average high: 54 degrees. Average low: 37 degrees.

USQ is still in discussion with other partner locations, which may result in an additional finalist. We will update this article if that that is the case.   

SPRING REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

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Northwest Regional Championship 2018

Kennewick, Washington

Columbia Park
Through Visit Tri-Cities

Available Dates: March 2-3, 2018
Previously Hosted USQ Events: Northwest Regional Championship 2017
Average Driving Time: 3 Hours and 38 minutes
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Natural grass
Field Lighting Available: No
Historical Weather: Average high: 58 degrees. Average low: 36 degrees.

The fields at Columbia Park do not open for spring events until the first weekend in March.

USQ is still in discussion with other partner locations, which may result in an additional finalist. We will update this article if that that is the case.

South Regional Championship 2018

Polk County, Florida

Lake Myrtle Sports Park
Through Central Florida’s Polk County Sports Marketing

Available Dates: February 17-18 and 24-25, 2018
Previously Hosted USQ Events: South Regional Championship 2016
Average Driving Time: 5 Hours and 15 minutes
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Natural grass
Field Lighting Available: Yes
Historical Weather: Average high: 77 degrees. Average low: 53 degrees.

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Munny Sokol Park North
Through Tuscaloosa Sports & Tourism

Available Dates: February 10-11, 2018
Previously Hosted USQ Events: None
Average Driving Time: 7 Hours and 40 minutes. For teams in Florida, the average driving time is 8 hours and 31 minutes. For teams outside of Florida, it’s about 4 hours and 20 minutes.
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Natural grass
Field Lighting Available: Yes
Historical Weather: Average high: 61 degrees, Average low: 38 degrees.

Southwest Regional Championship 2018

Round Rock, Texas

Round Rock Multipurpose Complex
Through Round Rock CVB

Available Dates: February 24-25, 2018
Previously Hosted USQ Events: None
Average Driving Time: 3 Hours and 17 minutes
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Combination natural grass and synthetic turf
Field Lighting Available: Yes
Historical Weather: Average high: 65 degrees. Average low: 43 degrees.

Wichita Falls, Texas

Soccer Complex & Memorial Stadium
Through Wichita Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau

Available Dates: February 3-4, 10-11, 17-18 and 24-25, 2018
Previously Hosted USQ Events: None
Average Driving Time: 4 Hours and 55 minutes
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Combination natural grass and synthetic turf (Memorial Stadium is synthetic turf)
Field Lighting Available: On some fields
Historical Weather: Average high: 59 degrees. Average low: 34 degrees.

Memorial Stadium is located inside the Soccer Complex.

West Regional Championship 2018

Placer Valley, California

Maidu Regional Park
Through Placer Valley Tourism

Available Dates: February 17-18 and 24-25, 2018
Previously Hosted USQ Events: West Regional Championship in 2013 and 2015
Average Driving Time: 6 Hours and 38 minutes
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Natural grass
Field Lighting Available: Yes
Historical Weather: Average high: 61 degrees. Average low: 41 degrees.

Tri-Valley, California

Emerald Glen Park
Through Visit Tri-Valley

Available Dates: March 2-3, 2018
Previously Hosted USQ Events: None
Average Driving Time: 5 Hours and 59 minutes
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Natural grass
Field Lighting Available: No
Historical Weather: Average high is 66 degrees. Average low is 43 degrees.

The city of Dublin, where the proposed facilities are located, close their fields for maintenance from mid-December until February, which is why they are only available for a regional championship the first weekend in March.

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