Quidditch World Cup wants to take over Austin parks

UPDATE: The International Quidditch Association withdrew its proposal to come to Austin. Details here.

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin is a finalist to host the World Cup of Quidditch in 2015. Travis County commissioners will vote Tuesday if the international group should be allowed to charge a spectator fee in a public park.

Quidditch – the mythical game of Harry Potter’s alma mater Hogwarts — has been turned into a reality, and the International Quidditch Association (IQA) wants to take over the Travis County Northeast Metro Park soccer fields for the 2015 World Cup April 4-5.

The tournament is expected to draw 1,600 athletes and 3,000 spectators. Daily tickets would cost $19 at the gate and a weekend pass would cost $29. Presale tickets would be cheaper.

The IQA wants to charge an entrance fee to help support their nonprofit and the costs of the tournament.

The game was adapted in 2005 at Middlebury College in Vermont and is now played at over 300 universities and high schools thoughout the world.

The University of Texas won the most recent World Cup in South Carolina with Texas State University coming in second.

The IQA says that the World Cup brings a unique exposure to each city and is an economic driver for the area.

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