PGL have today confirmed the Stockholm Major will go ahead in its original planned location, the Avicii Arena in central Stockholm.
For those wishing to attend, tickets are expected to go on sale on September 22nd, and PGL have also stated that they're hoping for a full house, which means up to 14,000 spectators, the limit of the Avicii Arena are hoped for the playoff stages. The contender & challenger stages will occur without an audience, with the spectators being welcomed in for the playoff stages, which run from November 4th to the 7th. PGL's announcement comes after the Government of Sweden confirmed that it would continue to further ease pandemic related restrictions in the country, which was thought to be the final hurdle PGL faced in making sure it could host the Major in its original location and layout.
The upcoming event, Intel Extreme Masters: Fall, will be the final Regional Major Ranking (RMR) event, which will determine which 24 teams participate in the PGL Stockholm Major, 11 of those will be Europe teams, North America has 5, the CIS region 5, and 1 slot each will be given to Asia, Oceania & South America regions. IEM Fall takes place starting from 29th September and will run through October 10th, giving plenty of time for each team to have boot camp sessions so they can smoothen any loose ends out before then Major in November. The Europe side of IEM Fall takes place on LAN, the only RMR event to do so.
The Avicii Arena is what was formerly known as the Stockholm Globe Arena or the Ericsson Globe. It's a large hemispherical arena that was renamed the Avicii Arena in May of this year, in honor of the Swedish musician Avicii, who sadly passed away in April of 2018. The arena is well known throughout the world, having hosted huge events such as Eurovision,in both 2000 & 2016, and many ice hockey tournaments over its 30-year lifespan.