LoL Worlds 2015 Venues Announced
With Riot recently announcing the LoL Worlds 2015 venues, we take a look at the venues chosen and what fans from across Europe can expect when travelling to the 2015 LoL World Championship. Worlds is a huge event in the League of Legends calendar, attracting over 280 million (yes, million!) views over the 15 day period of the Season 4 Worlds. The last time that LoL Worlds were held in the EU was way back in Season 1 at Jönköping, Sweden. League of Legends has come a long way since then, with the USA hosting Seasons 2 and 3 and South Korea hosting last years’ incredible Season 4 finals at the Seoul World Cup Stadium with over 30,000 fans watching live. The Worlds 2015 Venues announced by Riot are smaller than those used in Season 4. According to Riot the reasoning for this is that they only want to use indoor venues, due to a better atmosphere. There aren’t too many indoor venues in Europe that could rival the Seoul World Cup Stadium, but we should still be in for a treat come the Season 5 finals in October. Plus, with this years final being on Halloween, we have an excuse to break out the spooky costumes! Without further delay, let’s look at the LoL Worlds 2015 venues in greater detail
Group Stages – Paris, October 1-11
The group stages will be held at Le Dock Pullman, Paris, from October 1 to October 11. The venue is relatively small, seating only 1,500 fans, but if the 2014 All-Stars is anything to go by then the Paris crowd should be incredible.
Le Dock Pullman Info
Location: Paris, France
Dates: 1-11 October
How to get there: Gare du Nord is the closest train station to Le Dock Pullman and is only a 10 minute walk away.
Where to stay: For fans needing a place to stay, the Ibis Budget and Novotel hotels are just minutes away from the venue in a central location.
Quarter-finals – London, October 15-18
The LoL Worlds 2015 venue for the quarter-finals will be Wembley Arena in London. The LCS visited Wembley arena in June 2014 and the crowd put on an incredible show – so let’s hope for more of the same this time! It holds a good capacity crowd of 12,500 and is easy to get to for people travelling from anywhere across Europe.
Wembley Arena Info
Location: London, England
Dates: 15-18 October
How to get there: For fans travelling by train, Wembley Stadium is the closest train station. For those using the underground, get off at Wembley Park on the Jubilee line. If travelling from continental Europe, we strongly recommend the Eurostar as it’s much quicker than flying and London’s rail networks are excellent.
Where to stay: The Holiday Inn at Wembley is a good choice for fans who want to be right in the action – it’s less than two minutes away from Wembley Arena. For those looking for something a little cheaper, the Ibis Hotel offers good rooms at a cheap price. Of course, there’s always plenty of hostels across London if you don’t mind sharing a room!
Semi-finals – Brussels, October 24–25
Brussels Expo was chosen at the LoL Worlds 2015 venue for the semi-finals. We’re not sure which venue within the Expo Center Riot has chosen, but the capacity could be anywhere between 2,000 and 18,000. Brussels is a good central location for anyone in Western Europe and has excellent transport links, so it’s a good choice of venue in our opinion.
Brussels Expo Info
Capacity: 2,000 – 18,000
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Dates: 24-25 October
How to get there: The Heysel tram stop is only a 5 minute walk from the Brussels Expo. For fans traveling from across Europe it is recommended to get a train to Brussels-South railway station, which has connections all across Europe, and make your way from there.
Where to stay: There aren’t too many hotels around this area, but the Alliance Hotel is a short walk away and offers decent rooms at a fair price.
Final – Berlin, October 31
The Mercedez-Benz Arena (currently called O2 World, Berlin) was chosen as the venue to host the LoL Worlds 2015 final. It makes perfect sense, as Riot’s EU base is in Berlin and the EU LCS is hosted from there. Berlin is also a city with a strong E-Sports scene, which should help to pull in an incredible crowd. The venue is small than last year’s Seoul World Cup Stadium by almost 13,000 seats. However, it is an indoor arena and as such should produce a much better atmosphere than was seen at the 2014 worlds final.
Mercedez-Benz Arena Info
Location: Berlin, Germany
Date: 31 October
How to get there: The venue is a short walk away from Berlin Ostbahnhof railway station and lies on route U1 of the Berlin subway. For fans traveling from across Europe and beyond, we’d recommend flying in to Berlin Tegel or Berlin Schönefeld and catching the subway or a train to the venue.
Where to stay: Berlin is a magnificent city with plenty of history and places to stay – why not stay for a few days and explore the city in more detail? Hostels such as Plus Berlin are available around the venue at good prices, although hotels in the city centre are often nicer and perfectly affordable if booked in advance.
Remember: The LoL Worlds 2015 final is on Halloween – so prepare those spooky costumes!
Tickets for the LoL Worlds 2015 should go on sale at some point within the next few weeks, so keep your eyes on lolesports.com to make sure you pick some up! If you’re planning on traveling to the 2015 LoL Worlds or live in any of the host cities and have advice for other fans, feel free to leave it in the comments below.