Quidditch World Cup tournament to be held in North Myrtle Beach

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Eighty teams from more than 20 states and three nations will participate in next month's International Quidditch World Cup in North Myrtle Beach.

The seventh annual World Cup comes to the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex April 5 and 6, according to City Spokesperson Pat Dowling. The tournament runs from 8 a.m. - 11 p.m. on April 5, and from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. on April 6.

The International Quidditch Association is allowed to charge an admission fee in order to help defer their costs because this is a sports tourism event.

North Myrtle Beach residents who show a valid ID (driver's license or other formal ID that proves residency) at the admission gate can purchase tickets at a reduced rate of $10 per day for adults and $5 per day for children 12 and under. All others pay the following rates: $19 for adults and $12 for children for one day. Weekend passes are available at $29 for adults and $16 for children. VIP tickets are available online for $100 or at the door for $155.

Parking: The Quidditch World Cup tournament will be played on the sports complex's eight soccer fields. Simultaneously, on April 5, the opening day for the North Myrtle Beach Parks & Recreation Department's Youth Baseball and Softball Leagues will occur on the sports complex's six baseball/softball fields.

While there is no charge for parking at either event, parking will be at a premium throughout the park and sports complex. City officials ask attendees at either event to cooperate as some satellite parking areas may have to be employed. If they are, free transportation will be provided to and from the park and sports complex.

Quidditch, a full-contact, co-ed sport inspired by the Harry Potter book series, began in 2005 and has since spread to over 300 colleges, high schools and community teams worldwide, according to a press release issued by the city of North Myrtle Beach.

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