League of Legends Worlds 2017 Championship Venues
It might still be several months away from the League of Legends Worlds 2017 Championships, but it’s never too early to look at the biggest upcoming event of the year!
Recently Riot confirmed that this year that the World Championships would take place in China from 23rd September to November 4th. They also confirmed several places where the event would be taking place including Wuhan and Shanghai.
This brings the question:
What will be the League of Legends Worlds 2017 Championship venues?
Here’s what you need to know about the Worlds venues.
League of Legends Worlds Play-In Venue: Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium
Venue for: Play-Ins (new addition to 2017 Worlds)
Dates: 23rd September – 29th September
Location: Wuhan, China
Date Opened: 2007
The first venue on the venue list is the Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium. Located in Wuhan, west of Shanghai, the venue is an indoor sporting arena that has hosted several events such as basketball and volleyball.
Back in 2011 the center hosted the FIBA Asia Championship while in 2014 it hosted the FIBA Asia Cup. As far as we know, this will be the first time it has hosted any kind of eSporting event at the venue. League of Legends first World tour in China and the centers first time hosting an eSporting event, a first for everyone!
Set to take place from the 23rd to 29th September, you’re probably wondering what these play-ins are. This is a new addition to the World Championship and will be the first time we see it this year. According to Riot, the format is similar to that of MSI 2017 where there will be a play-in stage before the group stage.
Split into 2 parts from 23rd – 26th September and 28th – 29th September, 12 teams will enter the play-ins who don’t already have a confirmed Worlds spot from other tournaments. The 12 teams will battle it out in 4 groups of 3 until there is 1 winner from each group which all proceed to Worlds leaving 4 new teams.
If all of that flew over your head then don’t worry, check out this graph below for an easier explanation.
League of Legends Worlds Group Stage Venue: Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium
Venue for: Group Stage
Dates: 5th October – 15th October
Location: Wuhan, China
Date Opened: 2007
The second venue on the League of Legends Worlds venue list is… wait a second; it’s the same venue!
That’s right, after the play-ins to see which 4 new teams will be claiming their spot in Worlds 2017, the group stages will take place straight away in the same venue. Although we are a bit disappointed in the venue choice, you can’t really blame Riot for doing this. The venue has more than enough space compared to last year’s venue and if they wanted a new venue they would have to travel hundreds of miles, so why change?
On 5th October to 15th October, the group stages will take place and we’ll get to see who will be heading home early. If it’s anything like last year’s group stages, then there’s bound to be tears of joy and sadness.
League of Legends Worlds Quarterfinals Venue: Guangzhou Gymnasium
Venue for: Quarterfinals
Dates: 19th October – 22th October
Location: Guangzhou, China
Date Opened: 2001
Next up on our list is the Guangzhou gymnasium. Located in the province of Guangdong in southern China, the venue is an indoor arena that has been used for several sports including arena football, basketball, badminton and table tennis.
With a capacity of 10,000 people there is definitely enough space to hold the thousands of fans that will be attending to watch the teams live. Taking place on 19th October – 22th October the tournament will start to get even more tense as more and more teams get knocked out leading up to the semifinals.
League of Legends Worlds Semifinals Venue: Shanghai Oriental Sports Center
Venue for: Semifinals
Dates: 28th October – 29th October
Location: Shanghai, China
Date Opened: 2010
Next up on our list and we’re moving on to the big boys, the big venues were all the serious action will be going down. This time for the semifinals Riot have chosen the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center. Located in Shanghai, the largest city in China (although it’s not the capital) the venue can seat an impressive 18,000.
Split into 3 sections; the stadium also includes an indoor swimming pool with 5,000 seats and an outdoor swimming pool with another 5,000 seats. As you can probably tell, it’s pretty big! The stadium has held numerous tournaments in the past including arena football, speed skating, basketball and mixed martial arts. We also think it’s the first time an eSports event has been hosted at this stadium.
Taking place on 28th – 29th October, the tournament will start to near its end. The remaining 4 teams will battle it out in front of thousands of fans to claim their slot in the finals. With such a large capacity in this stadium, you can be sure this event is bound to sell out straight away.
League of Legends Worlds Finals Venue: Beijing National Stadium
Venue for: Finals
Dates: November 4th
Location: Beijing, China
Date Opened: 2008
The finals of the League of Legends Worlds 2017 Championship only deserves the best venue, and in this case, Riot have secured the creme de la creme. Also known as the bird’s nest due to its appearance, the Beijing National Stadium was used for much of the 2008 Olympics. Who ever said League of Legends wasn’t an Olympics sport?
The stadium can hold up to 80,000 and is enormous to say the least. The question on our minds is, how many tickets will there be and will it sell out? eSports and League of Legends is particularly big in Asia but do they have the fans to sell out 80,000? We’ll have to see!
Due to take place on 4th November, the finals will be a bit later this year thanks to the new play-ins stage of the tournament. One thing’s for sure though, this is definitely the biggest stadium League of Legends has ever been played in!
Now you know where the venues will be for the 2017 World champions, it’s time to start booking your trip to China!