Stockholm remains a possibility for PGL Major
The tournament organizer will confirm the location by September 15th at the latest.
PGL, the tournament organizer tasked with hosting the CS:GO Major in October-November, put out a statement on Wednesday informing the public that they still hope to host the tournament in Stockholm, Sweden, with the decision ultimately coming down to steps taken by local authorities.
"The PGL CS:GO Major playoffs will take place in Stockholm if the local authorities can make the event accessible to players, staff, and fans," the company stated, referring to two key deadlines - August 23 and September 15. If things go as hoped, PGL will host the first Major since 2019 in the Aviici Arena in Stockholm. Otherwise, the event will be moved "into another European venue on the same dates".
The first deadline, August 23, is when changes to the temporary entry ban are expected to be put in force, which would "allow all the players and people supporting the event to enter Sweden". Equally important is the second deadline, as PGL hope that by September 15, restrictions for indoor events will be lifted in Sweden. That would allow the organizer to pack the arena with Counter-Strike fans.
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The company stressed that fans are a key part of a Major event, explaining that "if only a small group of fans are able to attend, then the event might as well take place somewhere else". Regardless of the location selected, ticket sales for the event will begin on September 16.
"We’re looking forward to holding the PGL CS:GO Major playoffs in Stockholm, but we’re also prepared to change direction in September if that event isn’t accessible to the audience.
"Regardless of where the Major ends up, we’re excited to bring you the best possible event with all the players, staff, and roaring crowds," PGL conclude their statement.