The southern regional championships of the International Quidditch Association will go on as scheduled this weekend at the Manchester Meadows Soccer Complex.
The 13-team tournament is scheduled to start mid-morning Saturday. The championship matches will be Sunday.
Organizers waited until Friday to determine how many fields at the complex could be ready for the college tournament. City crews worked Friday to clear the two artificial turf fields.
The co-ed sport features seven-member teams who play the game with brooms between their legs. The sport includes elements of rugby, dodge-ball and tag.
In addition to chasers who try to get the ball and score, there are beaters who throw balls at the chasers and a keeper who defends the goal. There is also a seeker on each team who tries to catch the snitch who is the only participant not on a broom.
Games usually last between 40 and 45 minutes.
The game is a real-life version of a game portrayed in the “Harry Potter” series of fantasy novels. A costume contest based on the books and the game is from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Don Worthington • 803-329-406