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Quidditch coming to Rockford

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A sport straight from the pages of fiction is making its way to Rockford.

Quidditch, a sport created by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, has jumped off the pages and onto the field. In the books, the sport is played while flying through the air on brooms, but in real life, it's a little more grounded and includes features like a human Snitch. You can find out more about Quidditch and how it's played in the Related Link to the left of this story.

The sport is played on college campuses around the world and now the Rockford region will host its first-ever Quidditch tournament on April 26 and April 27 on the soccer fields by Elliot Golf Course.

"The Rockford region has already made a name for itself in sports like soccer, softball, and baseball. Now it's time to grow by thinking outside the box," Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau President & CEO John Groh said. "We've started attracting events like cheer, dance, table tennis, billiards, chess, lacrosse, and now Quidditch. These types of events are a growing presence at national trade shows and open up entirely new markets for our community."

According to event organizers, the Rockford area was chosen for facilities like Sportscore One and Two that could host larger tournaments, like the World Cup.

The tournament is expected to fill 200 hotel room nights and generate approximately $36,000 for area businesses.

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