League of Legends is a global phenomenon. It's the world's most played video game and has gone across the globe and back. At the 2016 League of Legends World Championship, the game took four stops across America. It started at the historic Bill Graham Civic Auditorium for the group stage. The event then moved to the Chicago Theatre for the quarterfinals. For the semifinals, League of Legends called Madison Square Garden home for a couple of days where the arena seats 18,200 people. Finally, the tour stopped in beautiful Los Angeles at the Staples Center, another arena that seats over 18 thousand people.
This year you'll find the Mid-Season Invitational in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro while Worlds is set to be held in Wuhan, China and end on Oct 29th at the Beijing National Stadium.
With that being said, there are still places that would benefit from having a League of Legends event inside and we've got our sights set on them.
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As Canada starts to welcome more esports into the fold, the next stop should be in Montreal, Quebec. The 2016 Summer Split Finals were held in Toronto, Ontario with rousing success. Many players and members of the media touted Toronto as one of the best places that League of Legends has ever been.
Going to Montreal would be the next big step for League. Home to one of the most storied NHL franchises, Montreal has the Bell Centre in the downtown core. Seating a little over 21 thousand people, the atmosphere would be the same as the one experienced at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
The best part about going to Montreal is the cuisine. While the city has a historic style of architecture, the true beauty lies on your plate. Be cliché and pick up a poutine, which is fries, gravy and cheese curds, and you'll likely have four a day while you're there. Not feeling that many calories and a clogged artery? Give smoked meat a chance. Montreal also boasts some of the best-baked goods you'll ever set your taste buds on.
League should do everyone (and their palate) a favor and head to la belle province.
You're the only "ten I see", Tennessee. Bad jokes aside, esports is booming in the Music City. Walk up and down the main strip in downtown Nashville and the only word that comes to mind is vibrant (or loud, if you don't like live music).
Nashville has the perfect little city vibe inside the big city that it actually is. Home to a little over 600 thousand people, Nashville has two major sports teams that could easily be the home for a League of Legends event. The Tennessee Titans play at the gigantic Nissan Stadium which would be perfect for a World finals or they have another option in Bridgestone Arena. Home to the NHL's Nashville Predators, the arena seats 20,000 people and is located right on Broadway.
Speaking of Broadway, the nightlife in Nashville is fantastic. If fans show up, they'll always have a place to go at night. Want to hear an up and coming musician? Just peek your head through any place on Broadway and you'll be subject to an open mic. Want to be a real life cowboy or cowgirl? Find one of the many bars in Nashville that have a mechanical bull that'll toss you and your knock-off cowboy or cowgirl boots off.
Even better than the nightlife is the cuisine in Nashville. You'll be smackdab in the home of southern cooking. Trust me, as soon as you get there get barbeque or try the hot chicken. Always go with the hot chicken.
Cape Town, South Africa
Widely regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Cape Town is also safe, contrary to popular belief.
As with any city you aren't completely familiar with, you just have to take safety precautions as you normally would.
Now that we've got our PSA out of the way, Cape Town is gorgeous. Home to 3.74 million people that live comfortably in a Mediterranean-type climate, it's rarely rainy in the city. The average temperature is 73 degrees Fahrenheit while the coldest it gets is in June at 55 Fahrenheit. Remember, since they're in the southern hemisphere, their seasons are opposite to those in the northern hemisphere.
So where would games be played? Look no further than the Cape Town Stadium which was built in 2009 for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The stadium seats 55,000 comfortably so seating will never be a problem there.
If you want sun, the beautiful Atlantic Ocean, and an active nightlife, League of Legends should take a pitstop in Cape Town, South Africa.