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Event Locations for USQ National and Regional Championships Announced

Charleston, West Virginia and Salt Lake City, Utah will host US Quidditch Cup in 2020 and 2021, respectively. The sites and dates for 2019-20 and 2020-21 regional championships are also now available.

US Quidditch is excited to announce the event locations and dates for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 regional and national championships. 

We are currently completing a deep review of the season structure and requirements for both the collegiate division as well as the community division. Additional information about the format of these events will be released later this summer, including potential super regionals or other adjusted divisional competition. For the community division in particular, we are conducting focus groups and surveys in addition to soliciting other general feedback. For questions on this, please email strategicplanning@usquidditch.org.

Table of Contents

US Quidditch Cup 13
US Quidditch Cup 14
Regional Championships
Dates
2019-20 Season
2020-21 Season
Volunteer, Tickets, And More
The Bid Process
US Quidditch Cup Bid Comparison
Regional Championship Registration

US QUIDDITCH CUP 13

Charleston, West Virginia
Shawnee Sports Complex
Through Kanawha County Commission and Shawnee Sports Complex
April 18-19, 2020

US Quidditch Cup 13 will be held on April 18 and 19, 2020 at the Shawnee Sports Complex in Charleston, West Virginia. This is Charleston’s first time hosting a USQ event. 

Charleston is the river adjacent capital city of West Virginia. It’s a big city with a small-town feel. With its focal point for tourism in West Virginia, Charleston is known for food, art, recreation, and music. Whether it’s a weekly summer concert on the riverfront or catching a baseball game at the minor league baseball affiliate, Charleston has something for everyone. You are never far from adventure. There are many local restaurants and you're mere miles from outdoor activities ranging from white water rafting and world-class skiing. With other great cities like South Charleston, Dunbar, Nitro, and Saint Albans, there is a restaurant or activity to keep you busy! The Shawnee Sports Complex knows all visitors will understand why West Virginia is referred to as “Wild and Wonderful.”

Attendees who fly in for this event will use Yaeger Airport (code CRW), a regional airport 5 minutes from downtown Charleston. There are normally around 15 flights per day. USQ will be working with the airport to add more flights and increase plane sizes for the routes used by our attendees. The airport has experience doing this for other events, including the World Scout Jamboree, which sees over 40,000 people flying into the area over a single week. We will also be exploring discounts on airfare through partnerships and group sales deals with select airlines. Flight prices are comparable with previous US Quidditch Cup hosts, including Round Rock, Texas; Kissimmee, Florida; and Columbia, South Carolina. 

US QUIDDITCH CUP 14

Salt Lake City, Utah
Regional Athletic Complex
Through Visit Salt Lake and Utah Sports Commission
April 17-18, 2021

US Quidditch Cup 14 will be held on April 17 and 18, 2021 at the Regional Athletic Complex in Salt Lake City, Utah. This is Salt Lake City’s first time hosting a USQ event. 

Salt Lake, nestled against the spectacular Rocky Mountains, offers an energetic and friendly downtown that’s full of restaurants, bars, brewpubs, cultural, and historical attractions. The city is just minutes from the airport and competition venue and offers a clean, vibrant, and walkable experience.  When the competition ends, athletes will have access to dozens of local world-class attractions around Salt Lake City, and over 21 national parks and monuments within a few hours’ drive. 

Attendees who fly in for this event will use Salt Lake City International Airport (code SLC), which is 10 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City. The airport is a Delta hub and is the 25th busiest airport in the U.S. As with Charleston, we will be researching discounted flight offers for attendees. Flight prices are on average lower than previous US Quidditch Cup hosts. 

REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

USQ hosts regional championships that crown regional champions and are typically part of the qualification process for teams attending the annual US Quidditch Cup. As part of membership benefits, all official teams may attend their regional championship with no event registration fee. The event dates and locations are available chronologically below. For all regional championships, the average driving time is based on the addresses for teams registered at the start of the 2018-19 season.

As stated in our announcement about event finalists, we are not planning to host a dedicated regional championship in the Northwest region. Those teams will be invited to attend the West Regional Championship in the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons.

DATES

Like the 2018-19 season, there will be some overlap with regional championships in the fall. Event dates have been selected so that adjacent regions do not have overlapping events. Spring regional championships will not overlap in this way.

2019-20 SEASON

Northeast Regional Championship

Warwick, Rhode Island
Bend Street Field Complex
Through Rhode Island Sports Commission
October 26-27, 2019

Previously Hosted USQ Events: None  (upcoming host of 2019 event)
Average Driving Time: 3 Hours and 22 minutes
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Natural grass
Field Lighting Available: Yes
Historical Weather: Average high: 53 degrees. Average low: 36 degrees.

Great Lakes Regional Championship

West Chester, Ohio
Voice of America Athletic Complex
Through Butler County Visitors Bureau
November 2-3, 2019

Previously Hosted USQ Events: Great Lakes Regional Championship in 2015
Average Driving Time: 3 hours and 10 minutes
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Synthetic turf and natural grass
Field Lighting Available: Yes
Historical Weather: Average high: 65 degrees. Average low: 32 degrees.

Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship

Goldsboro, North Carolina
Bryan Multi-Sports Complex
Through Visit Goldsboro, NC
November 9-10, 2019

Previously Hosted USQ Events: None
Average Driving Time: 5 Hours and 15 minutes
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Synthetic turf
Field Lighting Available: Yes
Historical Weather: Average high: 66 degrees. Average low: 43 degrees

Midwest Regional Championship

Papillion, Nebraska
Papillion Landing
Through Sarpy County Tourism
November 9-10, 2019

Previously Hosted USQ Events: None
Average Driving Time: 6 hours and 48 minutes
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Indoor and outdoor fields are synthetic turf
Field Lighting Available: Yes
Historical Weather: Average high: 54 degrees. Average low: 32 degrees.

Southwest Regional Championship

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
LSU UREC Field Complex
Through Visit Baton Rouge
February 8-9, 2020

Previously Hosted USQ Events: None
Average Driving Time: 5 hours and 50 minutes
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Natural grass
Field Lighting Available: Yes
Historical Weather: Average high: 66 degrees. Average low: 45 degrees.

South Regional Championship

Auburndale, Florida
Lake Myrtle Sports Park or the Fields at Balmoral Resort
Through Central Florida’s Polk County Sports Marketing
February 15-16, 2020

Previously Hosted USQ Events: South Regional Championship 2016 and 2018
Average Driving Time: 4 Hours and 15 minutes
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Natural grass
Field Lighting Available: Yes
Historical Weather: Average high: 75 degrees. Average low: 53 degrees.

We will finalize what facility we’re using later in the year. 

West Regional Championship

Livermore, California
Robertson Park
Through Visit Tri-Valley
February 22-23, 2020

Previously Hosted USQ Events: West Regional Championship in 2017 at Dublin Sports Grounds in Pleasanton
Average Driving Time: 6 Hours and 18 minutes
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Synthetic turf
Field Lighting Available: Yes
Historical Weather: Average high: 62 degrees. Average low: 41 degrees.

2020-21 SEASON

Northeast Regional Championship

Warwick, Rhode Island
Bend Street Field Complex
Through Rhode Island Sports Commission
October 31-November 1, 2020

Previously Hosted USQ Events: None  (upcoming host of 2019 event)
Average Driving Time: 3 Hours and 22 minutes
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Natural grass
Field Lighting Available: Yes
Historical Weather: Average high: 53 degrees. Average low: 36 degrees.

Midwest Regional Championship

Papillion, Nebraska
Papillion Landing
Through Sarpy County Tourism
October 31-November 1, 2020

Previously Hosted USQ Events: None
Average Driving Time: 6 hours and 48 minutes
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Indoor and outdoor fields are synthetic turf
Field Lighting Available: Yes
Historical Weather: Average high: 54 degrees. Average low: 32 degrees.

Great Lakes Regional Championship

Bloomington, Indiana
Karst Farm Park
Through Hoosier Sports Corporation - Visit Bloomington
November 7-8, 2020

Previously Hosted USQ Events: Great Lakes Regional Championship in 2018
Average Driving Time: 4 hours
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Natural grass
Field Lighting Available: Yes
Historical Weather: Average high: 54 degrees. Average low: 35 degrees.

Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship

Goldsboro, North Carolina
Bryan Multi-Sports Complex
Through Visit Goldsboro, NC
November 14-15, 2020

Previously Hosted USQ Events: None
Average Driving Time: 5 Hours and 15 minutes
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Synthetic turf
Field Lighting Available: Yes
Historical Weather: Average high: 66 degrees. Average low: 43 degrees

South Regional Championship

Columbia, South Carolina
The Fields at Saluda Shoals Park
Through Experience Columbia SC Sports
February 13-14, 2021

Previously Hosted USQ Events: US Quidditch Cup 9 in 2016, 2017 South Regional Championship
Average Driving Time: 6 hours
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Natural grass
Field Lighting Available: Yes
Historical Weather: Average high: 63 degrees, Average low: 39 degrees.

Southwest Regional Championship

Round Rock, Texas
Round Rock Multipurpose Complex
Through Round Rock CVB
February 20-21, 2021

Previously Hosted USQ Events: US Quidditch Cup 11 in 2018 and US Quidditch Cup 12 in 2019
Average Driving Time: 2 hours and 50 minutes
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Combination natural grass and synthetic turf
Field Lighting Available: Yes
Historical Weather: Average high: 65 degrees. Average low: 45 degrees.

West Regional Championship

Livermore, California
Robertson Park
Through Visit Tri-Valley
February 27-28, 2021

Previously Hosted USQ Events: West Regional Championship in 2017 at Dublin Sports Grounds in Pleasanton, (upcoming host of 2020 event)
Average Driving Time: 6 Hours and 18 minutes
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Synthetic turf
Field Lighting Available: Yes
Historical Weather: Average high: 62 degrees. Average low: 41 degrees.

VOLUNTEER, TICKETS, AND MORE

Want to get more information about our events? Click here to fill out the interest form and we will email you when more information is available for officials, volunteers, and spectators.

THE BID PROCESS

Executive Director Sarah Woolsey and Events Director Mary Kimball oversaw the entire bid process. They attended trade shows, like the National Association of Sports Commissions and TEAMS, and handled direct outreach with destinations interested in hosting a USQ event. In conjunction with others on USQ staff and the board of directors, they chose finalists, conducted site visits, and selected the final locations. 

The next full bid manual will be released in the fall. It will cover events in the 2021-22 season. Preliminary information on what cities can expect is available here. Questions about bidding on USQ events should be directed to bidding@usquidditch.org.

US QUIDDITCH CUP BID COMPARISON

We solicited feedback from teams, spectators, officials, and volunteers. Overall, 119 people filled out the surveys, including 20 teams. From the responses, the top considerations for potential hosts were:

  • Cost and ease of travel to the destination
  • Quality of the facility
  • Opportunities for activities outside the event
  • Proximity to home as well as geographic diversity

Additional concerns solicited from the responses mentioned travel safety for LGBTQIA+ players and players of color, whether or not a destination has hosted a USQ event before (and their experience), and—in regards to the spectators and volunteers local to the area—whether or not they will know someone competing in the event.

The three finalists, Charleston, Columbia, and Salt Lake City, all had the following in common:

  • Field lighting on all fields
  • Fencing around the entire facility
  • Permanent indoor restrooms
  • Indoor climate-controlled administrative spaces
  • Free parking adjacent to the fields
  • Option for teams village location that is close to gameplay fields

Here is a breakdown of amenities and details for each facility and city:

Salt Lake City, Utah

Charleston, West Virginia

Columbia, South Carolina

West region location

Central location

East Coast location

Team/spectator experience: everything is 10-15 minutes away, including downtown; strong area amenities and attractions

Team/spectator experience: strong area amenities and attractions

Team/spectator experience: strong area amenities and attractions

Easily accessible public transportation and shuttle service is available from the airport to hotels

Public transportation and shuttle service is available from the airport to hotels, and there is the potential for public transportation from the hotels to the facility

Public transportation is available from airport to hotels

Mild weather in spring

Mild weather in spring

Warm climate in spring

Access to the facility is restricted through fences, though the fencing surrounds the parking lot as well

Access to the facility is restricted through fences

Access to the facility is restricted through fences

Facility has grass fields

Facility has turf and grass fields

Facility has grass fields

Facility has field lights

Facility has field lights

Facility has field lights

Permanent building on site featuring HQ space and bathrooms

Permanent building on site featuring HQ space, bathrooms, concession stand, and VIP space. 

Permanent building on site featuring HQ space, bathrooms, and concession stand, and VIP space.

Minimal shade onsite

Minimal shade onsite

Minimal shade onsite

Hardline internet and wifi is available

Hardline internet and wifi is available

Hardline internet and wifi is available

Available for all weekends for both years under consideration 

Available for one weekend for both years under consideration 

Available for one weekend for both years under consideration 

Wide range of hotels available

Wide range of hotels available

Wide range of hotels available

Previous experience with quidditch

 

Previous experience with quidditch

For 2020, we went with Charleston primarily for four reasons:

  1. The facility is excellent. Shawnee Sports Complex is brand new and opened in 2018.
  2. The bid was incredibly creative, featuring robust in-kind support for medical staff, hospitality programs, logistical equipment, and security.
  3. Charleston is a new location. One of our goals with events overall is having them in different places. Charleston is also centrally located for many of our teams.
  4. The local amenities are different than what we’ve had before and they respond to team and spectator requests for more fun things to do outside the event. For example, we can work with hotels downtown, near great local eateries and shops. We have the ability to coordinate low-cost ground transportation through our partners, making it easier for attendees to get around town. We could have evening social activities at local restaurants.

For 2021, we went with Salt Lake City primarily for four reasons:

  1. As with Charleston, the facility is great. The grass quality at the Regional Athletic Complex is outstanding and there is a lot of space. Plus, it’s a convenient 10-15 minute drive from hotels, the airport, and downtown. 
  2. Salt Lake City is not just a new location; it’s the first time a major quidditch event has been held west of the Rockies in the United States. One of the reasons we like to move this event’s location is to ease the travel burden on different teams. While more teams than usual would have to fly in, the teams who could drive have never before had this opportunity. It will also give us a chance to develop a more nationally minded spectator base. 
  3. Like Charleston, the area has different, exciting amenities available. Plus, the state of Utah has an abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities, including several national parks. Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen attendees stay in the area for longer, and these extra features enhance their experience. 
  4. In addition to the financial support provided by our partners, the bid includes significant resources for marketing and volunteer recruitment. Volunteers are very important to the success of this event. Utah regularly ranks top in the nation for its percentage of residents who volunteer, and our partners have a large volunteer database that they connect with on a weekly basis.

REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP REGISTRATION

Team registration for all regional championships will open in the summer. More information on the required steps and deadlines will be available in August.

Please email Mary Kimball at events@usquidditch.org with any questions.