LCS spring finals to be held in Frisco

The Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas, will host the League of Legends Championship Series spring split finals on April 18-19, League developer Riot Games announced Saturday. Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY Sports

The League of Legends Championship Series announced Saturday that its spring split finals will take place on April 18-19 at the Ford Center in Frisco, Texas.

The Ford Center is a part of The Star, the home of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys as well as North American esports organization Complexity Gaming. The 91-acre facility also includes the GameStop Performance Center.

The spring finals will feature the losers final and the final of the LCS split. Prior to the 2020 season, the league switched its playoff format to feature a double-elimination format with six teams qualifying for the four-week playoff.

"We are thrilled to partner with the City of Frisco in bringing one of the largest esports events in North America to Ford Center," Dallas Cowboys chief operating officer Stephen Jones said in a statement. "As the esports industry continues to grow, including here onsite with Complexity Gaming, we will continue to create and host one-of-a-kind experiences for fans all over."

Tickets for the event will be available starting Feb. 21, according to League developer Riot Games.

"Texas has been on our radar for years, and we're humbled and proud to have a community strong enough to break ground in a market this size," LCS commissioner Chris Greeley said in a statement. "We couldn't imagine a better location than The Star and Frisco to bring the LCS to Texas and deliver a completely new experience to our fans."

In the past couple of years, esports have surged in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Bulky investments have brought a number of teams to the state as well, including the Overwatch League's Dallas Fuel and Houston Outlaws as well as broader esports organizations like Team Envy and Complexity Gaming. The Dallas Empire of the Call of Duty League also call the area home.