US Quidditch is excited to announce the sites and dates for the 2015-2016 regional championships and US Quidditch Cup.
The US Quidditch Cup 9 will be held on April 16 and 17, 2016 at the brand new Fields at Saluda Shoals Park in Columbia, SC. Sixty of the league’s top quidditch teams will compete at this event in order to be crowned the national champion.
Columbia submitted an impressive bid that includes complimentary use of their facilities and substantial in-kind and financial support. Their multipurpose complex contains six lighted regulation soccer fields as well as a number of other amenities, including bleachers, concessions, permanent restroom facilities, and ample free parking.
“Hosting nationals in Columbia will allow us to put on a championship event that highlights the high level of competition that our top teams have to offer,” Sarah Woolsey, USQ’s Events Director, said. “The South Carolina Sports Alliance has demonstrated a deep commitment to quidditch, which is reflected in Columbia’s bid.”
Columbia also expressed excitement at the opportunity to host the event, especially after several members of the Columbia Regional Sports Council attended World Cup 8. “We look forward to working with the exceptional teams US Quidditch and Saluda Shoals Park on another successful and fun Cup,” said Grayson Hopp, Sales Manager for Columbia Regional Sports Council.
“The US Quidditch Cup 9 will be the first national event hosted at the brand new Palmetto Health Fields at Saluda Shoals Park. We could not be more excited to open our new park with such an incredible event. Our staff & our community look forward to welcoming US Quidditch in April of 2016!” said Ashley Smith with the Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission.
Each year, USQ facilitates an extensive bidding process in order to select the best sites for its premiere events. This year, the competition was closer and more impressive than ever before. After interested cities submitted bids, USQ announced the finalists in May and conducted site visits throughout July.
The following criteria were the primary factors in reaching the decision:
Cost of hosting the event
Cost for players and teams to travel
Quality of facility
Financial and in-kind support from the host city
When possible, rotation between geographic areas
With a great US Quidditch Cup 9 venue and another series of qualifying regional tournaments set to get underway this fall, it’s shaping up to be a great season. Join USQ this year as the competition to reach the Cup unfolds, and come to Columbia on April 16th and 17th to see the National Champions crowned!
USQ is grateful to all of its bidding cities and looks forward to working with Columbia to produce our first US Quidditch Cup. Any cities interested in bidding for the 2016-2017 season or future seasons should contact email@example.com.
Fields at Saluda Shoals Park
In partnership with Columbia Regional Sports Council
April 16 and 17, 2016
Each USQ region hosts a regional championship to determine which teams qualify for the annual US Quidditch Cup. All official teams in the region are able to attend their regional championship and compete for an opportunity to be crowned the regional champion. In the coming weeks, USQ will be releasing features about each regional, giving spotlight to each exciting event.
Total Sports Experience
In partnership with Monroe County Sports Commission
October 31 and November 1, 2015
West Chester, Ohio
Voices of America MetroPark
In partnership with Butler County Visitors Bureau
November 7 and 8, 2015
Virginia Beach, VA
The Hunt Club
In partnership with Virginia Beach Sports Marketing
November 14 and 15, 2015
In partnership with Macomb Park District
November 21 and 22, 2015
Capital Futbol Club Soccer Complex
In partnership with Travel Salem
February 6 and 7, 2016
Polk County, FL
Lake Myrtle Sports Park
In partnership with Central Florida's Polk County Sports Marketing
February 13 and 14, 2016
San Marcos, TX
West Campus Fields at Texas State University
In partnership with Texas State Quidditch Association
February 20 and 21, 2016
Los Angeles, CA
Intramural Fields at University of California, Los Angeles
In partnership with UCLA Recreation and UCLA Quidditch
February 27 and 28, 2016
Starting with the 2015-16 season, the Stay and Play exemption will be calculated by driving distance, instead of “as the crow flies” distance, using the shortest driving distance as reported by Google Maps. The goal of the exemption is to accommodate those teams who could safely drive home and spend the night at their place of residence before, during, and/or after a regional or national championship. The policy as a whole is aimed at local teams, and changing the exemption to driving distance reaches that goal more effectively.
Information about team registration and hotel accommodations will be announced soon. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.