Not long after the International Wildcard All-Stars event at Melbourne's Margaret Court Arena, Riot has announced the location for their next League of Legends finals event in Australia. It'll be in Brisbane, and it'll be for the end of 2016's Oceania Pro League.
Via a press release issued today, Riot announced the venue for their OPL 2016 finals in Australia. It'll be at Queensland's Courier-Mail Piazza, with the finals scheduled for August 13.
It'll be a one-day affair featuring just the top two teams from the second OPL split of 2016, with the winner of a best-of-five series going to the International Wildcard Qualifier later that year. You can see what the Piazza looks like below, although it'll undoubtedly have more of a red, purple and blue tinge to it once Riot dresses it up in LoL colours.
Hopefully the weather remains the same
The Piazza is a multi-purpose venue which has a seating capacity for more than 2100, with "additional floor seating available if required" according to Visit Brisbane. The floor space alone supports 750 people standing, with slightly less if temporary seating is used.
Riot's press release noted that the 2015 OPL finals "saw over 10,000 attendees", so one imagines they'll need a fair chunk of that additional seating if they get anywhere close to last year's turnout. I've pinged Riot to ask how much seating could be extended, or whether they'll be relying on the temporary seating that the Piazza can add.
Riot also released an infographic showcasing the changes to the 2016 OPL structure. The main adjustments are to a best-of-three structure for the OPL, while the challenger series will drop the tournament-style format for a round-robin, best of one series framework.
All images courtesy of Riot Games