Round Rock tourism officials announced Wednesday the city is set to host a handful of national sports championships in the coming months.
The Round Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau released schedules for five national sporting championships to be held the Round Rock Sports Center and Round Rock Multipurpose Complex in April and May.
The USA Deaf Basketball National Tournament will be held at the Round Rock Sports Center April 12-14. Two days later, the U.S. Quidditch Cup–a game inspired by the “Harry Potter” novel series–will kick off at the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex.
“Hosting the US Quidditch Cup at the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex will help us elevate the quality of our event,” Sarah Woolsey, executive director of U.S. Quidditch said in a release today. Not only is there a large number of high-quality fields, but there is also space for a fan festival and indoor meeting space for a VIP experience, too.”
Woolsey went on to say in the release that pre-sale tickets are already indicating a large crowd for the 2018 U.S. Quidditch Cup.
The Round Rock Sports Center then hosts the iSET College Table Tennis National Championships April 20-22.
From May 9-12, the 2018 U.S Lacrosse Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates Division I and Division II National Championships will be held at the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex. The 2018 USA Judo Senior National Championships will wrap up the championships for Round Rock and will run from May 12-13 at the Round Rock Sports Center.
Round Rock opened the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex, a 60-acre, $27 million addition to Old Settlers Park, in May 2017. The site includes eight multipurpose athletic fields and two championship-quality game fields–one grass and one turf.
The Round Rock Sports Center, a $14.9 million, 83,000-square-foot complex, first began hosting tournaments in January 2014. The athletics space can house 1,300 spectators and features six basketball courts, as well as 12 volleyball courts. More than 50 tournaments and events were held at the complex in 2017, according to city documents.
Revenue generated by sports tourism and related events continues to grow in Round Rock. The city estimated sporting events generated $13.7 million in economic activity in 2016, according to Round Rock’s 2017-18 fiscal year adopted budget.
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the editor for the Northwest Austin edition.