Shanghai To Host The 2020 LoL World Championship Finals
Posted 14th November 2019 By: Derpina    145 Views
Esports News – The League of Legends World Championship 2019 crowned its new winner, Funplus Phoenix, at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France. It took Riot Games four years to bring the tournament back to Europe, but the reception was a success. LoL Worlds 2019’s semifinal and grand final matches made history by holding one of the biggest numbers of attendees and viewers in a single esports tournament. Can 2020 surpass this record?
Championship organizers at Riot Games recently announced that the 2020 or 10th World Championship Finals heads to Shanghai, China. The Shanghai Stadium will cater to next year’s championship qualifiers, sponsors, and fans. Dubbed as the ‘Magic City’, Shanghai is known in the LoL community as the very venue that hosted the legendary matches among powerhouse teams SK Telecom T1, Royal Never Give Up, Samsung Galaxy, and Team WE.
About the venue
China is home to an abundance of esports teams and events. Riot Games already hosted their previous matches at the Beijing National Stadium and the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center. Now, it’s the Shanghai Stadium’s turn to house one of the biggest and most lucrative esports tournaments in the world.
The Shanghai Stadium is a 56,842-seat multi-purpose venue that is mostly used for football matches. It’s the home venue of the Chinese Super League football club Shanghai International Port Group FC. With its capacity, the stadium is currently the third-largest stadium in China after the Guangdong Olympic Stadium and the Beijing National Stadium.
Multiple League of Legends Pro League teams have their own home venues in China. Riot has yet to announce if these locations will be utilized as minor venues for the group stages, playoffs, and semifinals. However, John Needham, Global Head of Esports at Riot Games, confirmed that six cities across China will host different stages of the event in 2020.
“We have five cities across China that can host the LPL matches themselves. We’ll expand that next year to six. We’re going to expand the league from 16 to 18 teams, as well. It would be natural to leverage some of that infrastructure, but we’re still working out those plans,” Needham said.