After a season lost to COVID-19, the Minneapolis Monarchs — the state's sole Major League Quidditch squad — return to the pitch this weekend for the opening of their 2021 campaign.
The Monarchs host the Detroit Innovators in a season-opening, three-game series on Saturday, July 10, at Parade Park in Minneapolis. The games will be played from 5-8 p.m. and you can pay what you want for tickets.
Minneapolis was added to Major League Quidditch as an expansion team in 2019, finishing 7-5. The team's second season was then canceled due to the pandemic.
The sport, inspired by the fictional broomsticks-and-bludgers event from Harry Potter, is full-contact and co-ed, with the league's 15 teams competing for the Benepe Cup. The league describes the rules as part-rugby, part-basketball, part-dodgeball. Players must be vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate in the 2021 season.
There are 29 players on the Monarchs roster. The team will be on the road after this weekend, first in Indianapolis, then Cleveland.
What does a match look like? Here's a 2019 video of a match between the Monarchs and the Washington Admirals: