by Alex Benepe | July 1st, 2012
Logo provided by QuidditchUK
This July 8-9, five national teams representing the UK, USA, Canada, France, and Australia will compete in Oxford as part of the Olympic torch relay celebration, held as the official torch passes through the town. The event’s goal is to exhibit the sport of quidditch to a broader, global audience, and enhance international relations and pride among quidditch players and fans everywhere.
Read on to:
- See the schedule
- Get details on venues
- Learn about how you can watch & follow the games online
- Meet the teams and buy team jerseys
Day 1 – Tournament at Cutteslowe Park
10 AM – 7 PM (BST)
Round-robin matches and bracket play all-day, free and open to the public.
See the map, get travel information and more details here
Day 2 – Exhibition Match at South Park Torch Relay Festival
3:30 PM – 4 PM (BST) – Central Performance Area
Just before the torch itself arrives on-site, hundreds of attendees at this sold-out festival will have the option to watch to a live game of Quidditch (among other activities), between the UK hosts and the best team from day 1. For more details on the event, go here.
WATCH THE GAMES ONLINE
How can I watch the IQA Summer Games from my computer (if I don’t have a portkey, flying broom, floo powder or a bazillion dollars to be allowed on one of those muggle flying machines)?
Well, we’re glad you asked. There are three options:
1. Major Media
Currently three global media outlets are planning to come to Oxford to record segments of the demonstration game on Monday. Air times of the segments and/or links will be published as soon as they are available.
An in-house team of IQA volunteer video staff led by Samantha Medney of UMD Quidditch will be capturing a selection of games from day 1 from multiple angles. Edited footage will be published as soon as possible after the event on the IQA’s youtube channel.
If you want up-to-the-minute scores, photos, and updates, make sure you are following @Quidditch2012 on Twitter!! (Don’t forget that Oxford, like London, is on British Summer Time, and 5 hours ahead of east coast US time. This website can help you figure out your time difference).
And without further ado
MEET THE TEAMS!
(and buy a swanky jersey to support them)