ESL One Cologne 2018 (EN)
ESL One Cologne 2017 - The venue
Let's be honest, the ESL One Cologne's venue is absolutely fantastic. We have attended many events, as visitors, press or players. And even for us, the venue and its atmosphere are absolutely sensational. Since we attended as press, we were shown how to access the press zone which was at the lowest level of the arena. From there, we could take a side door which led us directly to the ground floor of the arena. Just in front of the main stage!
The same entrance as if you would be a player entering the stadium. And it gives you this amazing feeling, looking at all the seats around you, knowing that a few hours later, this crowd would be cheering and be very loud.
And the view from the stage, looking at the stands, is even more impressive and adds up to the pressure you have when you're playing there. You know and you feel that the single mistake you'll do will be witnessed by thousands of people. And these will not be gentle with you when that happens.
Since we wanted to see the arena from every single angle possible, we decided to go the highest point of the stands, at the 3rd (even 4th) level of the Arena. You would think that you can't see much of the show, but you couldn't be more wrong. With 2 King-size screens hanged up in the air, you could see the action even better than on the ground floor. And you also have the chance to hear the echo of the cheers from the crowd when there is a clutch. Absolutely mesmerizing.
ESL One Cologne 2017 - The show
At ESL One Cologne, everything is extreme. Just like the venue itself is magical, the show is even more. Everything is thought through by the ESL team. An eye on the massive trophy waiting in the middle of the stage and you are sent 1000 km away, dreaming of lifting it up with the crowd cheering for you. But that's not everything of course. Smoke, fire, laser and lights, everything is gathered to make the show the best possible.