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OVERVIEW

WHAT

A real-life, two-day Quidditch tournament in New York City that is free and open to the public.

WHO

46 official Quidditch teams from around the world, with a total of 757 athletes. The teams are from 42 colleges and universities, 3 High Schools, and 1 local community team, all from the USA and Canada.

For a full list of teams, consult the TEAMS tab on the World Cup Page.

There will be live entertainment in the form of local New York City drummers, dancers, fire-breathers, a capella choirs, and live owls from New York sanctuary groups. Wizard Rock legends Harry and the Potters will play a free concert on 8:30pm on Saturday.

The event is very family-friendly, and the park has a dog-run and playground in addition to the astroturf fields where competition will be taking place.

WHERE

Dewitt Clinton Park
52nd - 54th Street, 11th - 12th Avenue
New York, NY 10019

WHEN

Saturday, November 13 & Sunday, November 14

SATURDAY
9 AM - 46 Team opening Parade
10 AM - Games Start
8 PM - Games End
8 PM - Harry and the Potters Live Concert on the west side of the park

SUNDAY
10 AM - Games Start
4 PM - World Cup Championship Match

For a more detailed schedule and list of teams playing, see the SCHEDULE tab on the World Cup page.

HOW

Real-life Quidditch was adapted from JK Rowling's books by Middlebury College student Xander Manshel '09 in the fall of 2005. Since then, the game has expanded to hundreds of schools worldwide and led to the creation of the International Quidditch Association, a non-profit company dedicated to promoting and developing the game and using it to inspire young people to lead more physically active and socially engaged lives.

The rulebook is available for download here. Find out more about the IQA.

Admission

The World Cup is free and open to the public.

In order to allow us to continue making this event free, please consider making a donation to the International Quidditch Association or buying a t-shirt to show your support for our cause. Volunteers will also be collecting donations on-site.

The event is very family and animal-friendly, and the park has a playground and dog run.

Join the free guest list and receive email updates about the event.

Can't come to the event? Never fear, the games will be webcast live at www.internationalquidditch.org/worldcup. Check out the VIDEO section on the World Cup page now for a sneak peak and watch other video content from the IQA.

Traveling to the 2010 World Cup

Public Transportation

Nearest Subway Stops

  • 1 Train - 59th St or 50th St
  • A, C, or E Train - 50th St
  • N, Q, or R Train - 49th St
  • B, D, or E Train - 7th Ave & 53rd St

MTA Subway Map: http://www.mta.info/nyct/maps/submap.htm

Please note that most subway stops are a 10 - 15 minute walk from the event site. There is a crosstown bus, the M50, that runs cross town along 49th street.

M50 Crosstown Bus

Stops at 49th street and 10th Avenue (three blocks from event site).

MTA Bus Map: http://www.mta.info/nyct/maps/manbus.pdf
M50 Schedule and Stops: http://www.mta.info/nyct/bus/schedule/manh/m050cur.pdf

Driving

Dewitt Clinton Park is located just off of the West Side Highway at 54th street and 11th Avenue in Manhattan.

DeWitt Clinton Park
New York, NY 10019

Parking - There is a parking lot is located on the roof of the cruise terminal just across the West Side Highway, and it can be accessed from 55th St onto the south bound service road of the West Side Highway. Proceed up the entrance ramp of the terminal and follow signs to the parking area.

The lot is also being used that weekend by cruise participants and other convention attendees in Manhattan and is available on a first-come, first-service basis.

The lot opens at 7 AM (even though the site says 9 AM), and it is $25 for up to 10 hours and $30 for up to 24 hours. Parking lot website: http://www.nycruise.com/parkNYC.html

Manhattan Cruise Terminal
92 N River Piers
New York, NY 10019-5399
(212) 246-5450

Volunteer at the World Cup

Have you ever wondered how the IQA pulls crazy events like this off?

We depend on a lot of ingenuity and luck but most importantly, we depend upon a nationwide force of young and dedicated volunteers.

At the 2010 World Cup we need help more than ever. Four simultaneous championship quidditch matches for 46 teams and over 700 players requires dozens of volunteer staff to maintain and manage the event, ranging from a guest welcoming crew.

A little bit of background about us: The IQA is a non-profit company that just incorporated this year. Our Board of Directors is made up entirely of college students or recent graduates. We aren't the most business-savvy group, but what we lack in experience we make up for in enthusiasm and creativity.

If you volunteer at World Cup, you'll get an inside look at one of the most rapidly growing social entrepreneurship phenomenons in the United States - since 2007 we've worked with students starting teams at over 1000 schools worldwide. You'll work with dozens of other young people and get hands on experience with event organization. You'll get to meet the captains and players of 46 teams from around the US and Canada, welcome guests to the event, help referee matches, work on the webcast or help update our social media pages with content, sell shirts to raise money for the organization, and many more exciting tasks.

All volunteers will receive training sessions and learn real-world, resume-building skills.

Think this sounds like something you would be interested in? Then go ahead and fill out this application. Questions about the program should be directed to Alicia Radford.

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World Cup Press

MSNBC: Real Quidditch Matches for Muggles (11/5)
Quidditch player Annabel Cryan, tells msnbc's Chris Jansing that the popularity of the sport, made famous in the Harry Potter books and movies, is quickly gaining popularity among non-magical folk as well.

Wall Street Journal: Harry Potter Sport Quidditch Comes to New York (10/24)
The Quidditch World Cup will be played in New York in November. NYU student Sarah Landis is hoping her new team will have a home field advantage.

SpeakEasy: Quidditch: Who Needs Steroids When You've Got Magic? (10/25)
Quidditch is the once-fictional sport made up by J.K. Rowling for her Harry Potter fantasy series. But now there are tournaments, new rules and special brooms for competitive play.

Wall Street Journal Page One: This Fantasy League Gets a Stage in New York, for Real (10/25)
The "Quidditch World Cup" is moving this year to the Big Apple from Middlebury's idyllic campus.

New York Times Education: Organized Play
One could say that fantasy games are having a moment. Quidditch, that wizarding sport of J. K. Rowling's imagination, is played on about 400 campuses.

New York Times: Open and Shut - Chronicle of a Changing City (10/8)
THE NEW YORK UNIVERSITY QUIDDITCH TEAM started Monday, with a surprising turnout of 95 students. There is an earthly game known as Muggle Quidditch, adapted for a grassy field, in which players use volleyballs, basketballs and dodge balls instead of quaffles.

NPR: A Muggle's Dream: Quidditch as a NCAA Sport (11/7)
Next weekend, more than 60 different teams from high schools and universities across the country are expected to gather at De Witt Clinton Park in New York City for the fourth annual Quidditch World Cup.

ESPN SportsCenter: Quidditch: From Harry Potter to the NCAA
The college students who have magically transformed the book version of Quidditch into a real life sport admit and accept that their version is clearly for Muggles.It's worth mentioning that some of these student/athletes go to Harvard, Middlebury, Yale and Oxford. That's right -- some of the greatest young minds out there are playing Harry Potter sports (luckily, they aren't pretending to fly while they play). The best part? They're far from alone.

Boston Herald: Muggles aim to snitch World Cup (10/24)
Teams from Boston University and MIT yesterday scrimmaged in preparation for a prestigious athletic event: The Quidditch World Cup. About 52 teams will compete in New York City on Nov. 13 and 14 in the world series of the magical sport made famous by J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" series.

Gothamist: Quidditch World Cup to Take Place in Dewitt Clinton Park (10/27)
Depending on how you feel about Harry Potter, the Quidditch World Cup in Dewitt Clinton Park on November 13th and 14th could either be the greatest thing you've ever seen or make you want to punch the next person who says "muggle."

Times of India: Harry Potter's Favourite Game Hit in UK, US Universities (10/17)
Believe it or not, child wizard Harry Potter's favourite game, Quidditch, is now a hit in British and American universities.

Baltimore Sun: Quidditch is a Game for Muggles, Too
So much fun that more than 50 teams will meet in New York City next weekend for the International Quidditch Association World Cup, a lead in for the Nov. 19 premiere of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

MuggleNet: MSNBC Features Quidditch, Alivan's Official Title Sponsor of World Cup (11/6)
MSNBC recently did a special report on the sport of Quidditch.The event will take place from November 13-14 in New York City. The video also mentions that our friends over at Alivan's are the title sponsor and financial supporters of the 2010 Quidditch World Cup.

The Best of the Best Quidditch Videos

FREE Harry and the Potters concert Saturday