KISSIMMEE, FLORIDA WILL HOST US QUIDDITCH CUP 10
KISSIMMEE, FL- Experience Kissimmee is excited to announce that it will be the host destination for the US Quidditch Cup 10 at Austin Tindall Regional Park. Kissimmee and US Quidditch will welcome the top 60 teams to compete at the national stage on April 8-9, 2017. The destination will host five to eight thousand friends, family and fans at the US Quidditch national championship.
"We are excited to welcome US Quidditch to Kissimmee's Austin Tindall Regional Park and to cheer on the athletes competing in the US Quidditch Cup 10," said John Poole, Kissimmee Sports Director of Marketing and Development. "Our destination is home to unrivaled entertainment options and located minutes from Central Florida's world class theme parks including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort."
In 2013, Kissimmee was the location for the International Quidditch Association's World Cup (now called US Quidditch Cup) with over 1,600 athletes from around the world descending upon the destination.
Quidditch is a full contact, competitive, mixed gender sport inspired by the Harry Potter series. It began in 2005 and has since spread to over 300 colleges, high schools and community teams nationwide. US Quidditch includes official club teams at traditional sports powerhouses like the University of Texas; University of California, Los Angeles; and University of Florida. Teams compete over a year long season and qualify for the U.S. national championship through one of eight regional championships located throughout the country.
Quidditch is played with seven players to a team all mounted on brooms. They score points with the quaffle (a volleyball) and the snitch, a neutral yellow clad athlete who tries to avoid capture similar to flag football.
About the Kissimmee Sports Commission
The Kissimmee Sports Commission pursues and attracts amateur sports, both traditional and nontraditional, as well as other high-profile sporting events to the Kissimmee destination. Sports tourism is responsible for bringing in more than 300,000 visitors to the popular Central Florida destination, producing approximately 200,000 room nights and exceeding $100 million in economic impact to the community. The Kissimmee Sports Commission is a brand extension that falls under Experience Kissimmee , the tourism sales and marketing authority for Osceola County. For more information, visit www.kissimmeesports.com.
About US Quidditch
US Quidditch (USQ), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the national governing body for the sport of quidditch, organizes US Quidditch Cup 10. USQ advances the sport by organizing events and programs that build community and empower all 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.