Each November, Major League Quidditch opens the bidding process for the following season's MLQ Championship Weekend.

Championship Weekend is held in late August and is considered a premiere quidditch event. For 2017, the top 12 out of 16 MLQ teams, based on regular-season performance, will be invited to the MLQ Championship Weekend. In each division, the team that is ranked fourth out of four by regular-season performance will not qualify. The 12 teams will be seeded based on regular-season performance into one single-elimination tournament of best two-out-of- three matches, which will ensue throughout MLQ Championship Weekend until one team walks away with the Benepe Cup. Since each place in the single-elimination bracket will be a best two-out-of-three series, all teams competing will be guaranteed a minimum of two games.

The tournament will be played simultaneously on two pitches, with all matches livestreamed to the community of fans that cannot attend in-person.

Championship Weekend will continue to be held every August. The atmosphere of the event is family-friendly and spectators even have the opportunity to give the sport a go.

Credit: Jessica Jiamin Lang
Credit: Jessica Jiamin Lang

Bid Process

Interested parties may review our 2017 Championship Weekend bid manual for detailed information on deadlines and requirements for becoming a host city.

To initiate the bid process, interested parties should first download and review the bid manual. Potential hosts may submit the Intent to Bid Form to indicate interest and initiate communication with MLQ staff. The deadline for submission of the completed bid package, along with the Bid Snapshot to highlight key features, is Jan. 31, 2017. The MLQ Events Director, MLQ Tournament Coordinator and MLQ Commissioners will then select finalists from among the complete bids received. The MLQ Events Director will schedule site visits with finalist locations in February. The final city partner will be announced publicly on March 8.

Former Hosts

Toledo

August 2015 - Toledo, Ohio
- Partner: Destination Toledo
- Economic Impact: $200,000
- Teams in Attendance: Boston Night Riders (champion), Cleveland Riff, Detroit Innovators, Indianapolis Intensity, New York Titans, Rochester Whiteout, Ottawa Black Bears, Washington Admirals

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August 2016 - League City, Texas
- Partner: City of League City
- Economic Impact: $132,000
- Teams in Attendance: Austin Outlaws, Boston Night Riders (champion), Cleveland Riff, Detroit Innovators, Indianapolis Intensity, Kansas City Stampede, League City Legends, Los Angeles Guardians, New Orleans Curse, New York Titans, Phoenix Sol, Salt Lake City Hive, San Francisco Argonauts, Washington Admirals

Event Documents

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2017 MLQ Championship Weekend Bid Manual