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Chaifetz Arena to Host 2019 LCS Spring Finals


League of Legends Esports returns to the Midwest for the first time since 2016

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This is the first time the Midwest has hosted a professional League of Legends competition since 2016. SLU photo

The League of Legends Championship Series (LCS), the premier esports league in North America, is heading to St. Louis for the 2019 LCS Spring Finals on April 13. Chaifetz Arena will host the return of professional League of Legends competitions to the Midwest for the first time since the 2016 League of Legends World Championship stopped in Chicago.

“We’re excited to bring the LCS to new cities around North America. We can’t wait to head back to the Midwest and to welcome League of Legends fans to celebrate the conclusion of the Spring Split together,” said Chris “Chopper” Hopper, head of esports - North America at Riot Games. “It’s especially fun to bring our show to St. Louis, which has been such a welcoming community since the start of the company, and to be able to host Rioters from our St. Louis office and their friends and family at the event. ”

To conclude Spring Playoffs, the top two professional League of Legends teams in North America will fight for the championship title, prize money, and a chance to represent our region at the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational. Games begin at 3 p.m. CST / 1 p.m. PST.

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The top two professional League of Legends teams in North America will fight for the championship title, prize money, and a chance to represent the Midwest region at the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational. Photo provided by Riot Games

We are thrilled to be partnering with Riot Games to bring the LCS Spring Finals to Chaifetz Arena. It's a great honor to bring such a prominent event to St. Louis and be part of the rapid growth of esports in this region,” said Jeremy Huelsing, general manager at Chaifetz Arena - Spectra Venue Management. “We look forward to providing a great experience and welcoming esports to St. Louis.

Chaifetz Arena is located on the campus of St. Louis University and the 2019 LCS Spring Finals will be their first esports event.

“Saint Louis University is excited to have Chaifetz Arena host one of the first live esports events in the Midwest,” said Jeff Fowler, vice president for marketing and communications at Saint Louis University. “Bringing new and exciting events to campus is why Chaifetz Arena is consistently ranked as one of the top arenas of its size in the world, and we can’t wait to be a part of esports.”

Riot Games, developer, publisher, and league operator of the world’s most-played and most-viewed esports title, League of Legends, currently has three offices in North America including St. Louis, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

2019 Spring Finals ticket information will be posted on on Monday, Feb. 25.

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The tournament will take place in April at SLU's Chaifetz Arena. Photo provided by Riot Games

About LCS

The League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) is the professional League of Legends esports league in North America. League of Legends is the most watched esport in the world with 13 international leagues worldwide. LCS is overseen and operated by Riot Games under the leadership of Chris “Chopper” Hopper, head of esports for North America. To learn more about NA LCS, visit

About Spectra Venue Management

Spectra’s Venue Management division is the industry leader across a full range of services that impact the bottom-line success of public assembly venues, including marketing and sales, corporate partnerships, event booking, ticket services and box office management, customer service, operations and engineering and finance and administration.


Spectra is an industry leader in hosting and entertainment, partnering with clients to create memorable experiences for millions of visitors every year. Spectra’s unmatched blend of integrated services delivers incremental value for clients through several primary areas of expertise: Venue Management, Food Services & Hospitality, and Partnerships. Learn more at Follow Spectra on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn. Contacts For Chaifetz Arena, Jeremy Heulsing at and Kelsie Woodward at For LCS, Kaitlin Stewart at

About Saint Louis University

Saint Louis University is a Catholic, Jesuit institution that values academic excellence, life-changing research, compassionate health care, and a strong commitment to faith and service. Founded in 1818, the University fosters the intellectual and character development of more than 13,000 students on campuses in St. Louis and Madrid, Spain. Building on a legacy of nearly 200 years, Saint Louis University continues to move forward with an unwavering commitment to a higher purpose, a greater good.