Grab your brooms!
Major League Quidditch announced San Antonio as the location for a new franchise for its 2019 season. The new team will compete against teams from Austin, Texas, Kansas City, Kansas, New Orleans and League City, Texas. Tryouts for the new San Antonio team will take place in April.
Two other cities, Minneapolis and Toronto, will also get new MLQ teams in the new year. The team names and logos will be unveiled in February.
Major League Quidditch began in 2015 with a season that runs from early June to mid-August. 15 teams across the U.S. and Canada compete for the Benepe Cup, the league trophy named after real-life Quidditch founder Alex Benepe. The Austin Outlaws are the two-time defending league champions.
According to the league, the I-35 corridor is home to one of the largest communities of Quidditch players in the country. While many of those players are based in Austin, San Antonio now has an active and growing Quidditch community of its own. The college program at the University of Texas-San Antonio was nationally ranked during the 2017-18 season.
Inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter book series, Quidditch uses elements of basketball, rugby and dodgeball. Top-level Quidditch teams include men and women. The full-contact sport is played in 39 countries.
For more information about Major League Quidditch, visit their website. You cal also watch the 2018 championship match below. Just remember to watch out for those pesky bludgers!