event guide

ESL One Birmingham 2018 is just a few days away and fans from all over the world are getting ready for the UK's first Dota 2 Major this weekend. To make your stay at the event perfect, we highly recommend the official ESL One Birmingham 2018 Event Guide. 

key information


Arena Birmingham, King Edwards Rd, Birmingham B1 2AA 


Friday, May 25th - Sunday, May 27th



pro circuit points


door openings

The arena closes after the end of the last match on each day.

friday, may 25th


saturday, May 26th


sunday, may 26th


quick links

getting to the arena

by train

Being right the city centre so just a short walk from Birmingham New Street, Moor Street, Snow Hill and Five Ways train stations. Alternatively, each station is only few minutes away by Taxi.

by bus

Buses run past the Arena all day long, in fact two often come along at once. Visit networkwestmidlands for details. If you’ve travelled by coach to Digbeth coach station, the Arena is a 30min walk or a short taxi ride.

by car

As the arena is in the heart of the city centre means lots of traffic can come along. We suggest to leave plenty of time for your journey as the traffic can get really crowded. Live traffic updates can be found here.

by plane

The closest distance to the arena by car: Birmingham Airport (BHX) 24km. The airport is located right next to Birmingham International Station, which operates a frequent service to New Street Station. 

arriving at the venue


Arena Birmingham has over 1,500 on-site car park spaces across four car parks. The closest other option being in Brindleyplace, which you can access via Sheepcote St. or Cambridge St., just a quick walk away.

bag policy

The arena doesn’t allow big bags inside the venue that exceed A3 format (42cm x 30cm x 15cm) and all bags need to be searched at the entrance, which could cause delays getting people into the Arena.

going cashless

Ditch the dosh and pay by contactless or with chip and pin card! As backup, a roaming ‘cash only’ till will be at each catering point if needed.

signing sessions

Signing Sessions always depend on tournament and match results. Check back here once the first participants are locked in!


Every attendee can take part. Signing sessions lasts for ~45 minutes and are limited to ~200 people per signing session. First come first serve. 


Only Premium guests can take part. Every session lasts for ~45 minutes and is limited to ~200 people per signing session. First come first serve. 



FRIDAY, may 25th

12:00 - evil geniuses

13:00 - vici gaming

14:00 - (premium) newbee

15:00 - team spirit

SATURDAY, may 26th

14:30 - loser qf #1

15:30 - loser QF #2

~17:30 - (premium) winner sf #1

~21:00 - Winner SF #2

SUNDAY, may 27th

12:00 - (premium) Team Liquid

13:00 - LGD.Forever young

16:00 - 3rd place winner

17:00 - 3rd place loser

side activities

esl shop

Awesome team merchandise and brand-new ESL apparel will be available for purchase ESL One Birmingham 2018 this weekend. What will you get? 

cosplay contest

The cosplay contest will conclude during the main broadcast on Saturday, 26th with the the top 10 being presented live on stage. 

enjoy the show

If you have any further questions, feel free to contact Kai at kai@eslone.com 

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Arena Birmingham
King Edwards Rd
Birmingham B1 2AA
United Kingdom