LCS 2022 Championship Heads to Chicago
The LCS 2022 Championship will be held in Chicago, Illinois in the United States. The championship will see the crowning of the best North American team at the United Center in Chicago after a showdown on 10th and 11th September.
In the Spring Split that recently concluded, Riot brought back fans from across North America (NA) to the NRG Stadium where Evil Geniuses defeated 100 Thieves and qualified for the 2022 Mid-Season Invitational. Now, for the second time this year, fans shall have the opportunity to see the best teams from NA battle it out in the Windy City for the summer split.
The LCS 2022 Championship will be the big decider event for Worlds 2022. The team winning the LCS 2022 Championship will go to Worlds as the top seed from NA and the second and the third-place teams will also go to the World Championship.
Riot Games , “To celebrate and support the growth of Chicago’s esports community, the LCS is proud to work with the Chicago Park District, Youth Guidance and I Play Games! as official Youth Outreach Partners of the 2022 LCS Championship.”
Riot also stated that tickets for both days of the championship will go on sale on 24th June at 10:00 am PT, with a special 24-hour pre-sale window on 23rd June at 10:00 am PT for Mastercard holders. “Like past LCS events, attendees can expect an exciting Fan Fest experience complete with food, live entertainment, and booths presented by LCS teams and sponsors,” it added.
United Center in Chicago as the arena for LCS 2022 Championship
The United Center has been home to the champion teams Chicago Bulls (NBA) and Chicago Blackhawks (NHL) for the longest time. This iconic arena is situated on Chicago’s Near West Side and notably hosts more than 200 major events each year.
According to Riot, “Finals Weekend in Chicago is the culmination of a four-week, eight-team LCS Summer postseason, with the concluding best-of-five matches played at the United Center — the Lower Bracket Final on Saturday, September 10, and the Grand Finals on Sunday, September 11. All three participating teams will have already qualified for the 2022 World Championship in North America.”
The last time the city hosted a League of Legends esports event was in 2016 when Worlds was held in North America. Chicago was the host city for the quarterfinals where fans witnessed a close series between SK Telecom T1 (SKT) and Royal Never Give Up (RNG) and also the 3-0 sweep by Samsung Galaxy as Cloud9 got wiped clean from the competition.
The LCS 2022 Summer Split kicks off on 17th June with a classic match between Evil Geniuses and Cloud9.