Event Map

Key Info

Arena Opening & Wristband

Doors open at:

When first entering the arena on each day, you will receive a wristband. Make sure to keep it, as it will allow you to re-enter the arena during that day.

We generally advise to arrive early, so you have time to take a look at the side activities and get familiar with the venue, but it's possible to arrive later in the day.

Bags & Backpacks

Due to the long days in the arena, certain types of bags will be allowed to be brought into the venue. The bags allowed to bring in are:
Small, day rucksacks
Small over the body bags
Small carrier bags

The following will not be allowed:
Anything with wheels incl Suitcases
Large/hiking type rucksacks

These bags can be left in the external bag drop at a cost of £12.

Food & drinks

There will be plenty of food and drinks vendor on-site. For an overview of available items, check the link here. Food and drinks from outside will not be allowed to be brought into the venue, so please be mindful of that.

Signing Sessions

Each day, there will be signing sessions with the amazing talent and teams at the event! Plan ahead to ensure that you don't miss out.

Time slots will be indicated in BST.

Goodie Bag

Premium, Select & Plus ticket owners are able to pick up their goodie bag at the station on the left pathway after entering the venue. Explore the event map for the exact location!

The Goodie bag station is open Friday from 10am to 9pm, and from 10am to 2pm Saturday and Sunday.

Here’s a peek inside our goodie bag 👀


Times are in BST and may change without prior notice. 

26th April 2024
10:00 AM
Arena doors open
11:15 AM
Show start
12:00 PM
Lower Bracket Match 1
03:30 PM
Lower Bracket Match 2
07:00 PM
Lower Bracket Match 3
Bo3 End
Doors closed for re-entry
27th April 2024
10:00 AM
Arena doors open
11:15 AM
Show start
12:00 PM
Lower Bracket Match 4
03:30 PM
Upper Bracket Finals
07:00 PM
Lower Bracket Match 5
Bo3 End
Doors closed for re-entry
28th April 2024
10:00 AM
Arena doors open
11:15 AM
Show start
12:00 PM
Lower Bracket Finals
03:45 PM
Opening Ceremony
04:00 PM
Grand Finals
Bo5 End
Doors closed for re-entry

On-Site Activities

Airbrush Tattoos

What better way to show off your support for your favorite ESL One Birmingham team than to get an airbrush tattoo?! We of course have other designs available as well, so swing by and see if anything piques your interest!

Boxing Machine

Show off your might and test your strength at one of two boxing machines available on site! Channel your inner Tusk and give us your best Walrus Punch impression. (Please don’t use your Aghs Scepter on them though)

Photo Mirror

Don’t leave ESL One Birmingham without a souvenir! Take a picture at one of our photo mirrors.

Balloon Artist

You know him, we love him. Our balloon artist has become a staple at ESL One events. So if you see a dapper gentleman with the loveliest schnauzer, go say hi, register for a balloon hero and you might just go home with an epic balloon Brewmaster! (Or any hero really; Balloon Arc Wardens may be stabbed on sight)


Here are the incredible talents that will be bringing all of the action to you live!



Stage Host


Desk Host


Desk Host






















Pyrion Flax

Pyrion flax


How to get there

Resorts World Arena is located just 1.1 miles away from Birmingham International airport,
and just 0.6 miles away from Birmingham International train station!

Google Maps & Directions here



Birmingham Airport is directly connected to Birmingham International Station by a free 'Air-Rail Link' monorail system (Located on the First Floor of the Airport).

From Birmingham International Station, you can easily catch a train to Birmingham New Street Station into the city center - these trains run every 5-10 minutes

The Air-Rail Link operates between 3:30 am, and 00:30 am daily. The carriage(s) runs continuously, on-demand during these hours.


For an economical option, busses run often from Birmingham International Airport to various places in Birmingham.

Find out more information here

Taxi/Car Hailing

Catch an airport Taxi/Uber/Bolt at the designated stand provided at the arrival terminal.

If you plan to take a taxi, it may be cheaper to first take the Air-Rail Link to Birmingham International Station!

Pre-Book and Compare Airport Taxi Prices here
Get the Uber app here
Get the Bolt app here



Resorts World Arena is right next to Birmingham International rail station. If your train doesn’t go there, you can catch a connecting train at Birmingham New Street; trains are regular and take 10-15 mins. 

You can check your journey to Birmingham International rail station on the network rail website HERE


There are buses from Birmingham Coach Station to Birmingham Airport. From the airport you can get to us in minutes.

There are also buses from Birmingham coach station via Birmingham Moor Street Bus/Rail Interchange: the 900 local bus service runs every 20 minutes during the day, journey time approximately 30 mins.

Taxi/Car Hailing

There are a variety of taxi services available to book within the city - alternatively, Uber and Bolt both provide services that you can also use to book rides to Resorts World Arena with!

Get the Uber app here
Get the Bolt app here


Sat Nav users can follow B40 1NT to reach the NEC site and once on site, please follow the directional signage to the appropriate car park for ESL One Birmingham - more info on parking can be found just below.

Live traffic updates can be found HERE

Parking Facilities

Parking for Resorts World Arena is cheaper than parking at the NEC - check out their webpage HERE for more information.

You will be directed to the east car parks upon arrival by traffic officers — these are the car parks dedicated to our event.

Check HERE for the walking map to reach the arena from nearby parking facilities.

Any guests with accessibility needs can park in South 1 Car Park, for easier accessibility to Resorts World Arena.





on the day PARKING


Good to know

Birmingham has more miles of canals than Venice, with around 35 miles (56 km) of waterways compared to Venice's 26 miles (42 km)

The UK lives and breathes bar culture - Aside from the drinks at the venue, there are plenty of bars, pubs and clubs for you to have an amazing (and forgettable) time!

If you have time, we recommend checking Taxi services, Uber and Bolt against each other to see which prices are cheaper before deciding which one to use to book your ride!

Cash and card are taken mostly everywhere, but you shouldn't need to bring or exchange any cash to have a fantastic time in Birmingham or at the event!

The weather in England is famously unpredictable — we're predicted to have cloudy days with some sunshine, but we could still see multiple times where it rains throughout the day!




There's too much choice to list when it comes to Nightlife in Birmingham - but the city definitely comes alive at night!

Check out Broad Street, Digbeth, The Arcadian, the Jewellery Quarter, The Mailbox and Brindleyplace - you're sure to find a good night out wherever you end up.


Two fantastic karaoke spots are:
The Voicebox - A dedicated karaoke bar with a wide selection of songs available

Ming Moon - a Chinese buffet by day that transforms into a a karaoke lounge in the evening

Both of these places offer private rooms for groups, so be sure to book ahead!

The BullRing &
Grand central

The Grand Central mall combines with the historic Bullring market in Birmingham to become a massive shopping and leisure centre.

Make sure you don't spend all your shopping money before you make it to the arena!

Jewellery Quarter

The Jewellery Quarter is a historic area in Birmingham, aptly named for its rich history of jewellery making.

There are plenty of shops, museums and galleries to explore here, as well as plenty of drinking and eating options!



Who doesn't love pizza? Rudy's is beloved when it comes to their pizzas, cooked in traditional wood-fired ovens and hitting the spot time and time again.


HANBAO is a mouth watering burger bar, the indulgent, classic American style burgers they make are sure to be a good option for all burger enjoyers.


Birmingham is full of curry houses, you could eat at a different one every day for a year and still not check out every spot! Panchulli is a high-end option that's super close to the arena.

Tiger Bites Pig

Specialising in Bao Buns and Asian street food with a very concise and practised menu, Tiger Bites Pig is a fantastic choice if you're central and looking for something unique to try!


Sandbox VR

An immersive virtual reality arcade located in Birmingham, try a range of super fun VR experiences and games by yourself or with your stack!


Looking for post-game drinks? Check out NQ64, an underground retro gaming bar with a selection of classic arcade games and consoles to go with craft beers and themed cocktails.

Passing Fancies

A top-rated cocktail bar in Birmingham known for its inventive and high-quality drinks, it's definitely worth booking ahead if you want to get in here!

The Old Crown

Dating back to 1368, The Old Crown is one of the oldest pubs in the world and offers a proper historic pub experience.


Ticket FAQs

Do tickets have assigned seats?

No, tickets don't have assigned seats. The event is general admission inside the seating area that you bought your ticket for.

How many tickets can I purchase?

Each individual is allowed to purchase up to 4 tickets only. This is to prevent the scalping of tickets.

Is there an age restriction for the event?

No under 12 year olds are permitted at this event. Under 14 year olds MUST be accompanied by an adult aged 18yrs + with a valid ticket, into the venue. (i.e. 14yrs and over can come into the building on their own with a valid ticket).

Is there a Premium priority queue for signing sessions?

Yes! Premium ticket holders will be able to have quicker access to signing sessions via a priority queue.

Can I buy a ticket from the secondary market?

The Ticket Factory is the only official seller for ESL One Birmingham 2024. The Ticket Factory official resale partner is Twickets. Reselling tickets for profit is strictly prohibited. By using the website you agree that you are a consumer, and not a business, trader or person engaged in the resale of tickets. ESL cannot vouch for the authenticity or reliability of tickets sold on other platforms.

Can I still check in if I arrive later in the day?

You can check in whenever you want to! However, the earlier you arrive, the more time you’ll have to watch the matches, visit the booths and go to signing sessions!

Can I leave and re-enter the arena?

Yes you can, once you’ve received your wristband!

When and where do I get my goodie bag?

Look for more information on this coming soon!

Can I refund my ticket or give it to a friend?

If you have any ticket related enquiries, please contact The Ticket Factory though here: https://www.theticketfactory.com/tickets/help/

  • Accessible tickets can be bought online or over the phone. There is usually significant demand when events go on sale, so we advise that customers purchase accessible tickets online rather than attempting by phone and missing out.
  • To purchase accessible tickets online you will need an Access Card registration. If you are not already registered, you can find out more here: https://www.theticketfactory.com/tickets/help/accessible-bookings/
  • Once you have had confirmation from your Access Card application has been completed, you will need to link it to your The Ticket Factory account by logging in to the My Account page and clicking the Accessibility tab.
    Once you are logged in and have linked your access card, navigate to the tickets you wish to purchase, and you'll be able to browse and purchase available accessible tickets.
  • For more information on the Access Card, click here: https://www.theticketfactory.com/tickets/help/accessible-bookings/

Arena FAQs

What are the Covid-19 restrictions?

You can find all covid-19 information here: https://www.resortsworldarena.co.uk/protect/covid-19-information/

Do you have additional information on accessibility?

Information on accessibility can be found here: https://www.resortsworldarena.co.uk/your-visit/accessibility/

What items can I not bring into the event?

Our list of prohibited items is as follows :

  • Any item which is intended, or can be adapted, to be used as a weapon, or compromise public safety.
  • Controlled drugs that are held unlawfully.
  • Any item that could contravene our licence or cause disruption to the show or other visitors’ experience. These include glass bottles, cans, flasks, alcohol, fake/replica weapons, picnic hampers, cool boxes, large flags/banners, helium balloons, studded belts, dog collars, trouser chains, sharp/large rings, large professional cameras with detachable lenses, video and audio recorders, tripods, selfie sticks, smoke grenades, flares and fireworks.
  • All above items will be confiscated on arrival and returned at the end of the show, which may delay your access and exit.
Can I leave and re-enter the arena?

We will provide you with wristbands upon first entry, and these will give you the opportunity to leave and re-enter the arena whenever you’d like throughout the entire event.

What language will the event be in?


Can I bring my bag with me?

You can bring a bag with you into the arena, however it is strongly discouraged. If you plan to bring a bag with you into the venue, please read all of the information on bag policy here: https://www.resortsworldarena.co.uk/protect/bag-policy/

Can I apply for a press pass?
I have a question that was not answered in this FAQ

If you still have more questions, please reach out to us via our Twitter @ESLDota2!

Where can I find parking info?

You can find all parking information here: https://www.resortsworldarena.co.uk/your-visit/parking/

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Last updated: 14th of December, 2023


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