LSU to host regional Quidditch championship

FILE - In this April 12, 2013, file photo, Silicon Valley Skrewts’ Logan Anbinder, center, drives to the goal between the University of Ottawa’s Matthew Bunn, right, and Ahmed Al-Slaq during a scrimmage at the Quidditch World Cup in Kissimmee, Fla. Just like the Harry Potter books, Quidditch requires each member of a seven-person team, three chasers, two beaters, a keeper and a seeker, to keep a broom between his or her legs at all times. The chasers try to score 10-point goals by getting the quaffle (a volleyball) through a hoop. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) -- Baton Rouge will be the magical location for the US Southwest Regional Quidditch Championship this weekend.

Inspired by the magical sport in the Harry Potter novels, Quidditch is now sport played by all genders, with 450 teams worldwide.

LSU’s Quidditch team is one of the oldest programs in the country.

College teams from Louisiana and Texas will compete at the LSU UREC Field Complex for the title of regional champion and a trip to the US Quidditch Cup.

Baton Rouge will host a regional Quidditch championship between Louisiana and Texas Quidditch teams on Feb. 8 and 9 at the LSU UREC Complex.

The championship will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8 and from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9.

The LSU Quidditch team will play on Saturday at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 5:15 p.m. and on Sunday at 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 1 p.m.

Admission is free and open to the public. However, guests are encouraged to RSVP to the event via Eventbrite.

Guests can choose to show support for US Quidditch by paying an admission fee, which is a pay what you can RSVP.

According to USQ, funds raised through admission “will have a positive impact on our mission to advance the sport by organizing events and programs that build community and empower all genders to compete together.”

• Austin Quidditch
• Baylor University
• SHSU Quidditch
• Texas A&M Quidditch
• Texas Quidditch
• Texas State Quidditch
• Texas Tech Quidditch Club
• The Silver Phoenix
• UTSA Club Quidditch

This event is in partnership between USQ and Visit Baton Rouge.

The LSU UREC Field Complex is located on Gourrier Ave in Baton Rouge.

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