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Rockford prepares to host 2nd Quidditch tournament

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ROCKFORD (WREX) -

Straight out of Harry Potter, Quidditch is coming once more to the Rockford area.

The International Quidditch Tournament Midwest Regional Championship will take place at Sportscore Two between October 26th and 27th. Twenty-five to 30 teams will take part, bringing about 500 players plus fans, families, and coaches. According to the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (RACVB), an estimated 400 hotel rooms will be filled and around $73,000 will be generated for the local economy.

The International Quidditch Association chose Rockford for several reasons.

"With the offer of a central location for all our teams, the high-quality Sportscore Two facility, exceptional connections to local media outlets, as well as many other services at our disposal for the tournament, Rockford was a clear choice to host our event this season," IQA Regional Director Luke Zak said.

Teams from 12 states will compete for a chance to go to the IQA World Cup in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina next year.

The sport is adapted from the Harry Potter series of books written by J.K. Rowling. It started in England in 2005 and is now played at over 300 high schools and universities around the world. To learn more, visit www.internationalquidditch.org.

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