US Quidditch soon takes over Salt Lake City

US QUIDDITCH CUP 2022

Quidditch conquers the capital of Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah. – One of the most unique sporting events in the world comes to the Regional Athletic Complex in April. Nearly 70 collegiate and club teams and over 1,200 athletes from across the country will compete in the 2022 US Quidditch Cup and compete for the title of national champion in their division. The first US National Quidditch Championship in 3 years regularly draws over 5,000 viewers, with thousands more watching online via live stream on Twitch.

Tickets can be bought online or on site. Early bird pricing is available for online ticket purchases until April 5th. Family ticket bundles and youth/student price tickets are also available. Hosted in conjunction with Sports Salt Lake and the Utah Sports Commission, the 2022 US Quidditch Cup is the first national tournament to be played west of the Rocky Mountains. “Salt Lake is super excited to host the Quidditch Cup in April and to roll out the red carpet for all arriving athletes and spectators! community,” said Clay Partain, executive director of Sports Salt Lake.

In addition to over 150 Quidditch matches, viewers can enjoy the fan festival featuring a variety of merchandise vendors, food trucks and family entertainment. Elementary, junior high and high school students are invited to take part in Youth Quidditch activities throughout the weekend which are included in the price of admission.

Those interested in more than just watching are invited to volunteer during the tournament. No prior knowledge of the sport is required and volunteers receive free entry to the event, an event t-shirt, meals and free US Quidditch merchandise. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old and have volunteered at least 3 hours to receive benefits. Volunteers are needed for ticket sales, field management, logistics and more. Registrations are possible online. Further information and the registration form can be found here.

The first round of play starts on Saturday at 9:00 am and lasts all day until around 9:45 pm. Games resume Sunday at 9:00 a.m. and last until about 9:30 p.m. when two teams are crowned US Quidditch Cup collegiate and club division champions.

Quidditch is a mixed-gender, full-contact competitive sport inspired by the Harry Potter Series. It began in 2005 and has since expanded to over 300 colleges, high schools and club eams across the country. Quidditch is played with seven players on a team, all sitting on broomsticks. Three chasers score goals worth 10 points each with a volleyball called a quaffle. They get the ball across the field by running with it, passing it to teammates, or kicking it. Each team has a goalkeeper who defends the goalies and can also score with the pursuers. Two thugs use dodgeballs, called bludgers, to disrupt the flow of play by “knocking out” other players. Any player hit by a bludger is out of play until they touch their own goal. Each team also has a seeker trying to catch the snitch. The Snitch is a ball attached to the waistband of the Snitch Runner, a neutral athlete in a yellow uniform who will use any means necessary to evade capture. At the 20 minute mark, the snitch is released and a point cap of 70 is added to the leading score. Catching the Snitch earns a team 35 points. Once one of the teams achieves the number of points known as the set score, the game ends. The Official US Quidditch Rules can be downloaded for free here and more information on how to play can be found here.

About the Utah Sports Commission

The Utah Sports Commission was established to be a catalyst for Utah’s Olympic heritage efforts and to help improve Utah’s economy, image and quality of life through the attraction, promotion and development of national and international sports. Since the 2002 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Utah Sports Commission has brought nearly 900 major events to the state. The Sports Commission works closely with communities, sports institutions and organizations to provide event services ranging from the application process, on-site logistics, volunteer coordination, sponsorship and promotional opportunities, and other related services. It is a nonprofit 501(c)6 business league and the Utah Sports Commission Foundation, a nonprofit 501c3 charity, is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Trustees composed of statewide sports, business, community and government leaders. For more information, visit www.utahsportscommission.com.

About Sports Salt Lake

Sports Salt Lake is a division of Visit Salt Lake, a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for promoting Salt Lake as a meeting, sporting and tourist destination. Sports Salt Lake is dedicated to improving the area’s economy by attracting and supporting sporting and athletics events in Salt Lake County. Salt Lake is a unique blend of metropolis and quaint mountain town; The soaring Wasatch Mountains surrounding Salt Lake provide a dramatic backdrop to downtown vibrancy and activity. For more information on all that Salt Lake has to offer, visit www.VisitSaltLake.com.

US Quidditch (USQ), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and the national governing body for the sport of Quidditch, is organizing the 2022 US Quidditch Cup. USQ advances the sport through organizing events and programs that build community and engage adult and youth athletes of all identities strengthen. including all races and genders to compete together. US Quidditch is not affiliated with JK Rowling, Warner Bros. or Time Warner. To learn more about Quidditch, visit www.usquidditch.org

DETAILS FOR CALENDAR LISTING

US Quidditch Cup 2022

WHAT: US Quidditch Cup 2022 with nearly 70 teams and over 1,200 athletes from across the country competing for the championship title in the college and club divisions.

WHEN: 23-24 April 2022. Matches start at 9:00 on Saturday and Sunday. The championship games take place on Sunday evening. Full schedule available soon.

WHERE: Regional sports complex
2280 North Rose Park Lane, Salt Lake City, UT 84116

ENTRANCE COSTS: Tickets are available online and upon arrival. Advance pricing is available until April 5, 2022. Visit this site for more information: http://www.usquidditchcup.com/tickets/.

Adult Day Pass ($25) – Grants access to a full day of matches and the Fan Festival on Saturday OR Sunday, including Sunday’s semifinals and finals.

Adult Weekend Pass ($35) – Grants access to the Fan Festival and over 150 exciting Quidditch matches on Saturday and Sunday, including Sunday’s semifinals and finals.

Family 4 Pack (One Day $70, Weekend $80) – Includes 2 adult and 2 youth or student tickets. Grants access to the Fan Festival and over 150 exciting Quidditch matches on Saturday and Sunday, including Sunday’s semi-finals and finals.

Youth/Student Pass (Weekend $15) – For under 17s. Students must present a valid student ID. Grants access to the Fan Festival and over 150 exciting Quidditch matches on Saturday and Sunday, including Sunday’s semi-finals and finals.

PARK
Parking is available at the Regional Athletic Complex.

OTHER: Youth Quidditch, a non-contact adaptation of the sport taught to elementary, junior high and high school students, will be held Saturday from 12:30-1:30pm and 3:45-5:00pm and Sunday from 12:00pm 30pm offered -1:30pm. More information will be available on the website. Only leashed pets are allowed on the premises. Al fresco food and drink is permitted, although glass containers are prohibited and coolers may be searched. We play rain or shine.

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