Blast has today announced that the Wembley Arena in London will host the Blast Premier Spring Final 2024, a top Counter-Strike esports event, and CS Wembley event tickets information has been revealead.
Esports News UK first heard of this news a few weeks ago following a tweet by Raptors UK streamer Edeninho.
We had this verified by another source, but were missing one other source to be confident enough in running the story.
Now it’s been officially announced.
All eight teams that eventually qualify for the Blast Premier Spring Final 2024 will be competing for a prize pool of $425,000 and a place in the World Final.
The Spring Final 2024 will be the biggest Counter-Strike event to take place in the UK since the Faceit CSGO London Major 2018, which took place in the OVO Arena Wembley and saw Danish organisation Astralis crowned champions.
Blast has also teamed up with Live Nation and London & Partners for the event. This time last year, London & Partners said it wants London to be ‘the European capital of esports by 2024’.
2024 CS Wembley event date set by Blast
The world’s best esports and Counter-Strike players will descend on London next summer, when the Blast Premier Spring Final 2024 will take place at OVO Arena Wembley from June 12th to 16th 2024.
The first two days of the event will be played behind closed doors in the arena, while the Friday to Sunday (June 14th to 16th) will be played in front of a packed out arena for each day.
The event will bring the world’s best esports teams and players from all across the world to compete in London – four years since Blast’s last event in the UK capital, with the city’s second largest indoor venue set to host Counter-Strike’s elite.
The separate World Final will take place in December 2024.
Blast Premier Spring Final 2024 CS Wembley event tickets go on sale
Tickets for the event will go on pre-sale from Wednesday October 25th 2023 and general sale from Friday October 27th 2023.
‘London is setting its sights on being a leading destination for esports’ – what they said about the Blast Premier Spring Final 2024
Andrew Haworth, Programme Director for Blast Premier, said on the Blast Premier Spring Final 2024: “London is renowned for hosting world-leading events in sport, music and entertainment with the city now setting its sights on being a leading destination for esports.
“We look forward to working with London & Partners and Live Nation to achieve this aim. Bringing the first Blast Premier arena event of 2024 to London is an important and exciting first step in this journey.
“The OVO Arena Wembley is a state-of-the-art facility and will provide fans with the perfect setting to witness the most talented Counter-Strike and esports players go head-to-head for a $425,000 total prize pool and chance to qualify for the highly-anticipated World Final in December 2024.”
Ailsa Buck, Head of Major Events and City Experience at London & Partners added: “London is a global hub for innovation and creativity. It’s a city that embraces new experiences and concepts; making this event the ideal partnership. We’re looking forward to welcoming Blast back to the capital.
“We cannot wait to see how this partnership will allow us to continue our esports journey, as well as contribute to making London a place for both work and play.”
Sean Ryman, Vice President, Sport and Family Entertainment, said: “Blast Premier’s arrival in the UK heralds the start of an exciting new partnership, a pioneering venture for Live Nation UK in the world of esports. We are elated to join forces with Blast Premier, contributing to their ongoing expansion and groundbreaking initiatives in the live arena.”
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