If it's a public space, shouldn't that mean anyone can use it?
Boston Common officials banned Emerson College's quidditch team last week from practicing or playing games on the common, putting the team's season on the line and leaving them looking for a last-minute set of fields in the city, according to the Boston Globe.
Quidditch, the sport inspired by the one played in the Harry Potter novels, is a seven-on-seven game where players run holding brooms, trying to shoot a deflated volleyball through upright hoops. It's now played at more than 300 schools across the country.
Although the school has since been able to obtain a permit, the controversy remains over whether or not anyone should be able to use the fields without being stonewalled by the city.
What do you think? Was the city being heavy-handed in not allowing the team to practice on the common? Should anyone be allowed to use the Boston Common space?