U.S. Quidditch is coming back to Rock Hill next year.
The U.S. Quidditch Association — the governing body of the sport modeled after a series of J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series — announced the sport will bring its 2015 world championship to Rock Hill’s Manchester Meadows April 11-12.
Rock Hill beat out two other cities for the tournament: North Myrtle Beach and Austin, Texas. North Myrtle Beach held the tournament in 2013.
“We honestly thought it would be a long shot,” Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism supervisor Mark Sexton said of the city’s bid to host the national Quidditch tournament. “There are a lot of premiere Quidditch teams that come out of Texas and Texas A&M.”
The tournament held a regional championship in Rock Hill this past winter — sandwiched between two major ice storms that shut down schools and businesses for days.
“I think we were the premiere facility to be able to say ‘when something hits we will be able to pull the resources together’ to make sure when you bring the people here, no matter what, the games will go on,” Sexton said.
The tournament will bring 80 teams to Rock Hill, mostly comprised of college players. Each team is comprised of seven players, with about up to 20 supporting people per team.