The official ESL One Frankfurt 2015 Survival Guide for attendees
All the information you need for making ensuring the best experience at the biggest Dota 2 tournament in Europe!

Pre-event meetup and wristband exchange

On Friday June 19th there will be a pre-event meetup at the Sam's Sportsbar (Schäfergasse 27, 60313 Frankfurt am Main) in Frankfurt. Meet your fellow event attendees there and get your wristbands early! You will be able to pick up your wristband at the Sportsbar between 6PM and 10PM. Please ensure that you either have a printed ticket or the QR code of it readily available.

Getting to the Commerzbank-Arena

By car:

If you are coming from outside Frankfurt, take the A3 or A5 motorway to Frankfurter Kreuz. From there, follow the signs with the football on them that will lead you to four parking lots.

Coming from the city of Frankfurt, cross the Main into Sachsenhausen, then take Kennedyallee out of the city to Oberforsthaus. There you will see signs to the parking lots.

NOTE: If you are attending ESL One Frankfurt by car, be sure to read up about the special low emission zones. More information can be found on the official Frankfurt city website: http://www.frankfurt.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=317574&_ffmpar[_id_inhalt]=4496082

By train:

From Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof, take the S8 or S9 suburban line in the direction of Mainz or Wiesbaden from the lower level of Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof to the 'Stadion' stop. Ticket holders of ESL One Frankfurt 2015 will have to purchase their own ticket to use the railway.


Entering the venue if you arrive by train or if you park outside

Entering, exiting the venue and recieving your wristband

You will be able to exchange your tickets for wristbands starting at 08:00 local time on Saturday June 20th. Doors to the event will open at 9:00 on both days. You will be able to exchange your tickets throughout the entire event. Once you have received your wristband you will be able to enter and exit the venue to your pleasing. Please ensure that you either have a printed ticket or the QR code on it readily available to ensure your entry to the event.

After you arrive at the venue you will have to get your ticket scanned at the ticket counters on either E1 or E5. You will have to find the correct ticket counter to exchange your ticket. There will ticket counters available for Weekend/Day, Premium and VIP/Press, be sure to visit the correct one. Once you have your wristband, please follow the signs to the stadium and enter the correct entrance for your ticket type.


First you will have to exchange your ticket for a wristband


Afterwards you will be able to enter through the security checkpoint

What are the seating arrangements?

The viewing area will be split up into two different areas: Standard and Premium. Premium ticket holders will have access to both the Regular and Premium seating area. Standard ticket holders (Weekend and Day Tickets) will have access to the Standard seating area. There is no seat assignment in any area.

Can I buy a ticket at the door?

Tickets will still be available for purchase at the door, these will be a little bit more expensive than the current tickets. A day ticket will cost 25 € and a weekend ticket will cost 50 €.

Smoking rules

Smoking is not allowed inside of the venue. You will be able to leave the arena and enter again afterwards. E-cigarettes are included in this rule.

What about food and drinks?

You are not allowed to bring your own food to the event. Water in tetra paks up to 0.5l will be allowed. Throughout the entire event food and drinks will be available at reasonable prices, vegetarian options included. Alcoholic beverages will be available to those age 16 or higher. Premium ticket holders will have food and drinks available throughout the entire day.

Can I bring my backpack into the event?

You are allowed to bring your backpack to the event but all bags will be checked upon entry by security. Ensure that no disallowed object are present in your backpack.

What can I buy at the event?

Multiple shops will be available at the event. The official Secret Shop & ESL shop will be spread around the venue. At the secret shop you will be able to purchase both new and old Dota 2 merchandise. At the ESL shop you will be able to purchase special event merchandise and team merchandise. Attendees will also be able to visit booths from multiple companies at the event and shop at them.

I am a premium ticket holder, where can I get my goodie bag?

Premium ticket holders will be able to collect their goodie bag at the premium area entrance.

I am a premium ticket holder, what food is available for me?


Non alcoholic beverages:

  • Rosbacher
  • Mineral Water
  • Coca-Cola
  • Coca-Cola light
  • Fanta Sprite Lift
  • Apfelschorle
  • Red Bull


Alcoholic beverages and beer:

  • Krombacher Pils
  • Krombacher Weizen
  • Krombacher Radler
  • Krombacher Pils alcohol free
  • Possmann Applewine


12:00-14:30 Buffet:

  • Bratwurst in rolls
  • Beef sausage in rolls
  • Schnitzel with Mashed Potatoes
  • Vegetarian Lasagne

18:30-20:30 Buffet

  • Vegetarian Lasagne
  • Lasagne Bolognese
  • Bratwurst in rolls
  • Rindswurst in rolls

Available the entire day:

  • Pretzels
  • Knusperstangen
  • Pastries

Signing sessions

During the event, multiple signing session will be held. These will take place at the signing areas in both the premium area and at the ESL One Expo. Keep an eye on the official ESL app for more details on the signing sessions.


ESL One Frankfurt will finish in style with a great afterparty, more information on the afterparty can be found here!


During set up between two events last weekend, a crane damaged the roof membrane of the roof inside the Commerzbank-Arena, resulting in a 35 meter long tear. This means that unlike last year, this additional roof cannot be closed for the upcoming ESL One event.

We have taken steps to ensure that the event experience will not be affected by it. All seats are covered by the fixed main roof, and all tournament and production elements as well as the festival and partner expo area inside the stadium will also be protected from rain. Regularly, Commerzbank-Arena has its roof open for the entire Bundesliga season, so the venue is prepared for this kind of situation.

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