Riot suspending live audience, tailgates, and press from LCS Studios amid coronavirus concerns

LCS commissioner Chris Greeley informed the League of Legends community today that live audience, tailgates, and press at LCS Studios will be suspended “until further notice.” The commissioner once again cited “the safety of our pros, fans, and employees” as the main factor for this decision.

Riot initially decided to suspend fan meets, victory high fives, and post-game handshakes at LCS games. But as coronavirus concerns continue to grow, more precautions are being taken.

“As a league, we need to stand by our policy of putting the safety of our pros, fans, and employees first,” Greeley said. “The LCS and Academy games will continue as scheduled and will be broadcasted from the LCS Studios.”

Fans who purchased tickets will be issued full refunds within the next four to six business days.

Riot is still assessing the best option for the 2020 Spring Finals, which are scheduled to be held in Frisco, Texas. A decision should be made by March 20 on whether the finals will be moved to the LCS Arena in Los Angeles.

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