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Minneapolis' Major League Quidditch team opens season this weekend

The sport is adapted from the fictional athletic event in "Harry Potter."
A chaser on the Monarchs.

A chaser on the Monarchs.

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:

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