USQ Update

World Cup

US Quidditch Announces 2015 World Cup

US Quidditch is proud to announce that the 2015 USQ World Cup will be coming to Manchester Meadows in Rock Hill, S.C. on April 11-12, 2015.

 With the creation of the new IQA, the USQ World Cup will now become a North American championship, with teams from Canada, the United States, and Mexico eligible to qualify and compete.

This year three cities advanced to the finalist round for the World Cup event: Rock Hill, S.C.; North Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and Austin, Texas.

Rock Hill hosted a great South Regional Championship last season despite historic inclement weather, and its World Cup bid was distinguished by robust financial and logistical support, as well as more affordable flights through Charlotte Douglas International Airport, a 25-minute drive from Manchester Meadows, the field complex.

North Myrtle Beach ran a fantastic World Cup in 2014 and put in an equally strong bid package, but US Quidditch prioritized travel costs for players this year. North Myrtle Beach has wished us the best and hopes to bid for events and work with us again in the future.

US Quidditch had to decline the Austin bid due to timelines on funding availability. The city would not be able to assess its ability to offer financial support until after receiving the bid, and, additionally, was unsure of its ability to host a ticketed event. Unfortunately, due to time restraints within the league schedule, in addition to the budgeting timeline of the other bidding cities, US Quidditch could not wait longer for the outcome of these decisions. City support and tickets cover roughly 80% of the event’s costs and so US Quidditch could not advance with the Austin bid this year. Austin has expressed interest in bidding for our events in the future, and we hope to work with them in coming years.

USQ facilitates an extensive bidding process throughout the year in order to select worthy sites for its premiere events. This year, the competition was closer and more impressive than ever before. The bidding season started on Dec. 16, 2013. After reviewing the bid manual, potential hosts submitted a letter of intent, along with the bid snapshot and the completed bid package, by March 7, 2014. USQ selected finalists from among the bids received and announced them on the website. Staff conducted site visits of all the finalist locations over the months of May and June.

 The following criteria were the primary factors in reaching the decision:

  1. Cost of hosting the event
  2. Cost for players and teams to travel
  3. Quality of facility
  4. Financial and in-kind support from the host city
  5. When possible, rotation between geographic areas

USQ is grateful to all of its bidding cities and looks forward to working with Rock Hill to produce a fantastic World Cup event in 2015. Any cities interested in bidding for the 2015-2016 season or future seasons should contact joe.pickett@usquidditch.org.

*Please note that World Cup is currently the working title for the event. As US Quidditch has recently focused its shift from international to US events, the league is reassessing its seasonal championship event and may announce a new name shortly.