The LEC returns to Sweden where it will hold Europe’s first live event in three years, which will take place in Malmö Arena, Sweden from September 10 to 11.
After almost three years with no LEC action elsewhere than the Berlin studio, the LEC heads back to Sweden for the 2022 summer finals.
The Malmö Arena, which has a capacity of 20,000 League supporters, will host the two final games of the LEC Summer Split.
League of Legends Esports Championship (LEC) 2022’s summer split finale is set to be played on the 10th and 11th of September this year, in the northern city of Sweden. Having hosted the last finale at Berlin Studio in 2019, Riot Games have announced that this year’s LEC roadmap will end at Malmö Arena.
The decided arena has a tentative capacity of entertaining more than 20,000 fans, which would make a record for LEC tournaments. Herby, Riot Games have commented that they are confident with the city and said the location selected for the highly awaited event and that the ticket holders will have one memorable experience.
Having said that, let’s uncover everything we should be aware of.
Riot Games to host LEC after 3 years
The grand final between G2 and Fnatic was placed in Athens, Greece, in 019, the last time the LEC held its biggest event of the year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the LEC did have intentions to hold a roadshow for the Spring Split and Summer Split finals in 2020, but those preparations were abandoned. G2 and Fnatic met in the 2020 finals of both Splits, which were also contested at home. The LEC let the 2021 finalists, MAD Lions and Rogue in the spring and MAD Lions and Fnatic in the summer, compete from the studio in Berlin without the presence of any spectators.
As G2 and Rogue were permitted to compete for the trophy in front of a small audience in the Berlin studio for the 2022 Spring Split finals, a gradual return to normalcy was promised. When the LEC declared that spectators will once again be welcomed in the studio on all match days during the Split, that encouraging trend continued in the Summer Split.
The Malmö Arena, which has a capacity of 20,000 League supporters, will host the two final games of the LEC Summer Split. Riot has also disclosed that it has "interesting" plans for the LEC XPO at the Malmö Mässan Exhibition & Congress Center, which is close to the site of the finals. The 2020 Summer Finals were scheduled to take place in the Swedish city, but Riot was forced to postpone the live event because of safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The last LEC finals to be held in Sweden were in 2015 when Stockholm played home to an incredible best-of-five match between Fnatic and Origen. Maximilian Schmidt, head of League of Legends esports in EMEA, stated, "Being the first roadshow we've hosted away from our Berlin studio in three years, we can't wait to provide the fans an incredible experience.”
How to book tickets
According to Riot, tickets for the event will be on sale beginning on July 1 at lec.gg/malmo and will go live during the RDYCHK segment. For the first time since the LEC's final "on the road" event before the pandemic, Athens 2019, supporters of the league are undoubtedly excited to be able to return and support their favourite club in an arena.
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