League City to host 2017 Major League Quidditch Championship
LEAGUE CITY, TEXAS – Major League Quidditch will fly into the skies of League City this coming August as teams from across the nation flock to the city for the 2017 Major League Quidditch Championship.
League City, one of three finalists, was selected to host the championship, Aug. 11 to 13, at Hometown Heroes Park. Other finalists included Salt Lake City, Utah, and Lawrence, Kansas.
“Major League Quidditch is excited to partner with League City for a second year,” said Melinda Staup, MLQ Event Director. “Our experience with the city and its staff in 2016 was everything we could have hoped for and we look forward to working with them once again.”
Submitting a bid to host the event was no question for city officials who are responsible for bringing quality of life events to the city.
“We are excited to host MLQ Championship weekend for a second time,” said John Baumgartner, City Manager. “It is our hope that the quidditch teams will enjoy their visit to the area and all that League City has to offer. This is an exciting opportunity and our community looks forward to being a part of this unique and fast-growing sport now and into the future.”
The championship event generated nearly 200 hotel room nights and significant economic impact in League City in 2016. Officials expect the two-day tournament to once again positively impact local restaurants, hotels, and other businesses.
Texas is home to some of the sport’s most competitive teams and last year’s event was the first national quidditch championship held in the Southwest. The league consists of 16 teams from throughout the United States and Canada, according to MLQ officials. One of the participating teams is the League City Legends, a locally based team, whose manager, Hank Dugie, is also on City Council.
Quidditch is a co-ed, full-contact sport featuring a unique set of rules that includes elements from rugby, basketball and dodgeball. During the championship event, teams will go head-to-head with the aim of scoring the most goals and being the first to catch the snitch.
MLQ’s official announcement is available at http://mlquidditch.com/2017-mlq-championship-location-selected/. Additional details will be released as they become available at www.visitleaguecity.com or http://mlquidditch.com.