Quidditch, the magical sport from “Harry Potter,” will fly its way off the pages of J.K Rowling’s novel and land at Papillion Landing the next two years.
The U.S Midwest Regional Championship of Quidditch will be held at Papillion Landing Field House this year on Nov. 9 and 10 and in 2020 on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.
Fred Uhe, director of Sarpy County Tourism, said he is still learning about quidditch and is excited to show off Sarpy County to anyone who attends the tournament.
He said Papillion Landing is the premier location for the event because of its access to outdoor and indoor facilities.
The Midwest Regional Championship of Quidditch will be governed by U.S. Quidditch, the national governing body for the sport.
According to the U.S. Quidditch website, this will be the first time a U.S. Quidditch event will be held in Papillion.
Uhe said he was told by U.S. Quidditch they were pleased with Papillion’s facilities and enthusiasm for the sport.
The non-magical competition is a coed, full-contact sport that combines elements of rugby, dodgeball and tag.
Seven players per team mount brooms made of PVC pipe and attempt to throw balls through tall hoops to score points.
Uhe said the Sarpy County Tourism office is always looking to do something new and said, “this is not another baseball game.”
Teams competing in the tournament will be college club teams, and Uhe said he wants to show them how Sarpy County could be a place for them to live and work after graduation.
Uhe said this will be a wellness opportunity for the community to get off the couch and go out and do something different.
He said organizers expect 14 to 16 teams and there are two divisions — collegiate and community.
Uhe said the regional championship will appeal to Harry Potter fans and people who want to experience a new and emerging sport.
Information regarding ticket prices will be announced in the coming months.