Article originally published by Mineski.net
With news of KeyArena getting a renovation in the near future Valve will be on the lookout of new venues for the annual Dota 2 The International Championships. According to ArchPaper, the renovation will take three to four years. While no set date has been established, the KeyArena renovation will eventually happen one way or another with an NHL team and a probable return of an NBA team also on the horizon for Seattle. Holding the last six TIs in the United States has been all well and good but it’s about time for a change of scenery. Here are six possible locations for future TIs.
Koelnmesse, Cologne, Germany
The first-ever The International was held in the Koelnmesse during Gamescom 2011. Dendi’s claim to fame, the location of Valve’s documentary Free to Play, and a monumental occasion for competitive Dota. It would be fitting if The International should be held here once again. Unfortunately, it is not an actual arena so it’s maximum capacity would not be up-to-standards today.
SM Mall of Asia Arena, Manila, Philippines
When the Manila Masters and the Manila Majors was held there, the crowd was electric. Players, talents, and fans alike fondly remember how epic the atmosphere once. Though one of the more unlikely locations, another Thrilla in Manila in the form of TI will be one for the books in the Dota-crazed nation.
Bell Centre, Montreal, Canada
Moving TI across borders to Canada will be an undoubtedly easy task for Valve. The iconic Bell Centre is the home of the NHL team, Montreal Canadiens so its world-class status is not in question. It also won’t be the Bell Centre’s first dance with esports as the Northern Arena was held there late last year.
Manchester Arena, Manchester, England
One of the biggest arenas in Europe is located in Manchester in northern England. The 21,000 capacity indoor arena will surely be packed as Dota fans come from all-corners of the world. While this would be the first major Dota event in Manchester, taking the risk could be worth it.
Super Saitama Arena, Saitama, Japan
This is the most unlikely location among all of these locations with Japan not exactly being a Dota country. The Super Saitama Arena is the largest indoor stadium in this list and does merit some attention. With a capacity of 36,500, you know the stadium will be thundering with the action once the Echo Slams start falling.
Tauron Arena, Krakow, Poland
The last Krakow CS:GO Major was held here last July so Valve won’t be in unfamiliar territory. The CIS region also loves their Dota so holding an event in the second largest city in Poland could be yet another kicker for Valve.