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Area Events: 2014 Quidditch World Cup

27 Aug

North Myrtle Beach is abuzz with the impending opening of the brand new North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex scheduled for March 1, 2014, and they have secured the rights to a unique sports championship to celebrate its birth.

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Coming soon to North Myrtle Beach: the 2014 Quidditch World Cup!

The International Quidditch Association’s 2014 World Cup will be held April 5-6 at the complex, and expects to bring in teams and spectators from all around the world. Initially a fringe sport inspired by its portrayal in the Harry Potter novel series, Quidditch now is played at over 300 universities and high schools in the US, Australia and Europe. The sport involves players “riding” broomsticks (unlike the portrayal in the novel, they don’t fly) and utilizes three balls: the bludger (typically a dodgeball), the quaffler (typically a volleyball, thrown through one of three vertical hoops placed on the pitch) and the snitch (a tennis ball in a sock, carried by a neutral snitch runner). As played by college teams, the size of the field can vary, and can encompass the entire college campus in some instances. Players can score points by throwing the quaffler through the hoops on the pitch, and the object of the game is to capture the snitch. There are plenty of other intricacies to the sport, and we would highly suggest reading up on Muggle Quidditch for the full explanation.

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Speed, power, agility, tenacity: all are attributes a true Quidditch master must possess.

The International Quidditch Association hosts over 25 tournaments a year, and awarded North Myrtle Beach the 2014 World Cup hosting privileges after it submitted a bid for the competition. According to the IQA website:  “North Myrtle Beach put in a fantastic bid, which includes free use of their facilities and other amenities as well as robust financial support. Together with a new IQA policy called Stay & Play, the IQA will be able to give back to teams with lower per-player registration costs, free parking, and an unrestricted ability to bring food and drinks into the complex.”

The North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex aims to bring in many tournaments of various sports, from baseball and softball to rugby and ultimate Frisbee. The complex will feature 8 soccer/football/lacrosse fields, 6 baseball/softball fields, a 27-acre lake, a 1-acre dog park, picnic shelters, playgrounds and an amphitheater. It is scheduled to open in March 2014.

Make sure to book your trip early, since this is bound to be a hugely popular event! Head over to Barefoot Resort Vacations for deals on a great condo to accommodate your stay!

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