Goldsboro could host regional quidditch tourney
U.S. Quidditch athletes compete in the 2019 Mid-Atlantic Regionals held at Goldsboro’s Bryan Multi-Sports Complex. Travel and tourism agency Visit Goldsboro is a finalist to hold the regional championship tournament again next year.
GOLDSBORO — U.S. Quidditch has selected the city’s Bryan Multi-Sports Complex as a finalist to host the sport’s 2022 Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships, the local travel and tourism agency announced Thursday.
Visit Goldsboro, the travel and tourism department for the city of Goldsboro and Wayne County, submitted a hosting proposal to the U.S. Quidditch office in February and learned about the finalist designation in mid-July. Since then, the tourism office has coordinated a site visit for the USQ office to take place in Goldsboro on Aug. 17-19. The site visit involves USQ representatives touring the host venue facilities and area amenities outlined in the proposal.
Goldsboro hosted the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships in 2019 and was also scheduled to host the 2020 tournament, which was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 2019 championship weekend was the best-attended regional tournament in terms of team participation and spectatorship, according to the U.S. Quidditch office. Collegiate and club teams traveled as far away as Penn State and Drexel University to compete for a chance to qualify for the U.S. Quidditch Cup.
Visit Goldsboro estimated that the tournament generated about $64,000 in economic impact to the city and county due to visitor spending at hotels, restaurants, stores and gas stations.
Quidditch originated as a fictional sport invented by author J.K. Rowling in the Harry Potter book series. The sport became a reality in the “Muggle,” or non-wizarding, world when a freshman at Middlebury College in Vermont laid the foundation for the sport’s rulebook and the very first game of quidditch was played in October 2005.
Quidditch is a mixed-gender contact sport with a unique mix of elements from rugby, dodgeball and tag. A team is made up of seven athletes who play with brooms between their legs at all times.
U.S. Quidditch hosts seven regional championships each year with the intent to showcase the growing sport around the country and increase awareness of the USQ organization. USQ includes official club teams at collegiate and club levels that compete over a yearlong season. The regional championships are part of the qualification process for teams attending the annual U.S. Quidditch Cup. The next national championship will take place in April 2022 in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.
“Our office saw this as an exciting opportunity to bring new visitors and their families to Goldsboro, as well as provide a fun experience for our residents. Quidditch is a unique sport, and Goldsboro is a unique city,” said Ashlin Glatthar, director of travel and tourism for Goldsboro-Wayne County. “USQ wants to grow their sport’s awareness, and we want to continue growing our Goldsboro-Wayne County awareness. We felt our organizations’ commonality coupled with our premier sports venue make us a great fit as a host, and we’re honored USQ is considering us once again for their 2022 season.”
If Goldsboro is selected as the host for the 2022 Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship, the event will be free of charge and open to the public. For more information about the sport, visit www.usquidditch.org.
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