League of Legends tournaments offer us an abundance of excitement time after time and this year will not be an exception. Riot games introduced various changes that aimed to increase the quality of tournaments, boost competitiveness, and provide more entertainment to hordes of fans who are impatient to witness all the action. The wait is almost over, 2016 League of Legends World Championship is getting close and all you have to do is to purchase tickets for yourself and your friends. Why waiting the very last minute when you can do it right away? Where to buy tickets? How many you can buy? Find out answers to these questions as well as other useful info below.
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Where and when to get tickets for Worlds 2016?
Before you get the ticket info, it’s important to learn a thing or two about the event it self. You know, just in case you weren’t online lately or simply missed out on LoL World Championship announcements. The tournament itself offers an amazing opportunity to best LoL teams in the world to fight for the title of the greatest in this esport. Worlds 2016 will take a tour throughout the United States thus posing as a unique, global celebration of this highly popular esports mastery.
Let’s talk about format of the 2016 World Championship:
- 16 teams qualified to Worlds
- 16 teams will be divided into four groups
- Best of 1 matches
- Double Round Robin
- Two teams that finish first in each group advance to the knockout stage
- Knockout stage – single elimination
- Best of 5
- Schedule for all LoL Worlds 2016 matches
A quick overview
The table below displays the general info about every LoL Worlds 2016 event, sale starts of tickets and the venues:
|Location:||San Francisco, California||Chicago, Illinois||New York, New York||Los Angeles, California|
|Venue:||Bill Graham Civic Auditorium||The Chicago Theater||Madison Square Garden||STAPLES Center|
|Lol Worlds Date(s):||September 29 – October 2,
October 6 – 9
|October 13 – 16||October 21 – 22||October 29|
|Ticket Sale starts:||July 20th||July 27th||August 3rd||August 10th|
|Buy tickets here:||ticketmaster||ticketmaster||Ticketmaster||AXS|
Ticket info – LoL Worlds Group Stage:
At this point, you can purchase tickets for the group stage. If you’ve ever wanted to visit San Francisco and you happen to be a huge LoL fan that is bored of watching the live stream, then you definitely don’t want to miss this opportunity. Tickets for the group stage were released on July 20 at 10 AM PT, and their prices are:
- Flat floor seating (main floor) – $29.50 + $8.50 service fee
- Upstairs below cross aisle (loge) – $19.50 + $6.50 service fee
- Balcony above cross aisle (upstairs) – $19.50 + $6.50 service fee
Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com. On the other hand, tickets for quarterfinals, semifinals, and the final event of the tournament will be available on July 27, August 3, and August 10 respectively. Below, you can see answers to the most frequently asked questions about LoL ticket policy.
Ticket info – LoL Worlds Quarterfinals:
If you want to be a part of Worlds 2016 quarterfinals, you can already purchase your ticket and wait for the event patiently. Riot Games announced the release date for the quarterfinals tickets and it’s Wednesday, July 27 at 10 AM PT. As always, tickets are sold exclusively through Ticketmaster and their prices are:
- For Orchestra/Loge – $43.50 + $11.00 service fee
- For the Balcony – $28.50 + $8.00 service fee
All seats in the venue provide exceptional viewing experience, but if you want to be as close to the action as possible, then you should know that Orchestra seats are the closest to the stage. Although taking photos with cameras and phones is encouraged, you shouldn’t bring tripods, selfie sticks or any other devices that could obstruct the view to your fellow attendees. Riot Games may release more tickets for quarterfinals in early September, but that only depends on the final production setup. That’s why you shouldn’t risk it and leave the purchase for the very last minute and get your ticket as early as possible.
Don’t miss all the action by arriving late. All games played within Worlds 2016 quarterfinals will start at 5PM and the doors will open at 4PM. You’ll have enough time to get to the venue, find your seat, and socialize with other League of Legends enthusiasts during this timeframe.
Eight teams will advance to the knockout stage, which starts with quarterfinals in Chicago. Winners at this event will travel to New York City, where they’ll participate in the semifinal. Bear in mind that Riot Games will release the match schedule after the Knockout Stage bracket is determined on the final day of the Group Stage which is why you might not see your favorite team in action on the particular day when you’re attending the event. However, even if you don’t get to see your favorite players and team, you’ll still have a great time. Remember, world’s best teams and players are participating in this tournament and excitement is guaranteed.
Ticket info – LoL Worlds Semifinals:
This year’s League of Legends World Championship will tour across the United States. It’s a perfect opportunity for all LoL enthusiasts to see wonderful cities such as San Francisco, Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles while having fun being part of the excitement that comes with this tournament. If you’re a LoL fan, and since you’re reading this article it means you definitely are, you already know all about tickets for the group stage and quarterfinals. Hopefully, you and your friends purchased your tickets and are ready to have fun. If you’re interested in semifinals, this section is for you. Keep reading to find out when you can purchase your ticket for events in the City That Never Sleeps.
Riot Games announced that tickets for the semifinals will go for sale on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 10 AM PT. As always, the tickets are sold exclusively through the Ticketmaster.
The pricing is the following:
- The Lower Bowl – $61 + $14 service fee
- The Upper Bowl – $46 + $11 service fee
The setup in the venue will be similar to the 2016 Mid-Season Invitational i.e. in-the-round. If you’d like to be as close to the stage and players as possible, then the Lower Bowl seats should be your option. With that being said, it’s important to bear in mind that all seats in the venue offer a great viewing experience just like at every other tournament organized by the Riot Games.
Event details – Semifinals
Now that you know when to buy tickets and their price, here are the basic details about the semifinals when four teams will compete for the place in the final in order to get a chance to win the well-known Summoner’s Cup.
Venue: Madison Square Garden
Dates: October 21 – 22
Match times: 6PM
Doors open: 4PM
The Riot Games will release the match schedule upon the completion of the Quarterfinals. You should bear in mind that you may not get to see your favorite team at the same day you’re watching Semis in the venue. But, that shouldn’t be a reason to despair. After all, four best teams in the world get to participate in this stage of the competition and they’re, definitely, going to bring a lot of excitement and great performances.
2015 Worlds Semis
Unlike this year when the final stages of the Worlds are going to be held in four different cities in the same country, last year events were divided between the UK, Germany, Belgium, and France. The Semis were held in Brussels Expo venue in Belgium. Four teams that made it to this stage were Origen, Fnatic, KOO Tigers and SK Telecom T1. Two teams that advanced to the final stage were SK Telecom T1 and KOO Tigers while two remaining teams received the $150,000 prize. And as you already know, SK Telecom T1 went on to win the Worlds, get Summoner’s cup as well as $1,000,000.
Does one ticket guarantee entrance to both semifinal games?
No, one ticket grants access to only one game.
Ticket info – LoL Worlds Grand Finals:
Tickets for the finals of LoL Worlds 2016 were released on Wednesday, August 10, 2016, at 10 AM PT. Unlike tickets for the group stage, quarterfinals, and semis which were available through Ticketmaster, tickets for the final are sold exclusively through AXS.
Before you find out where to buy tickets, here are the important event details you should know.
Date: October 29, 2016
Location: Los Angeles, California
Venue: STAPLES Center
Time: 4 PM
Doors open: 2 PM
To give all League of Legends enthusiasts an opportunity to buy their tickets for the final event, the Riot Games also provided a phone number where they can place the order: +1 (213) 457-1647.
Prices of the tickets vary and depend on the channel used to purchase or where the seats are located. For example:
- Online: Lower Bowl (P1) $70, Middle Bowl (P2) $65, and Upper Bowl (P3) $46.50
- Phone: P1 $71, P2 $66, P3 47.50
- Box Office: P1 $55, P2 $52, P3 $35
FAQ for the Finals of the World Championship
How many tickets I can buy?
You can buy up to 6 tickets. Make sure you don’t get overboard, because ordering more than six tickets won’t only cancel the extra tickets you want to purchase, but the entire order. It’s, definitely, not worth the risk.
Do I need to create an account on AXS to buy tickets?
Yes, the platform requires all individuals who want to purchase tickets to, also, create an account.
Are seats assigned? What are the best seats?
Seats are assigned. Therefore, if you want to sit next to your best friend when attending the final, you should purchase tickets together.
The setup of the event is “in-the-round”, meaning the stage is in the middle, surrounded by the audience area. Although the organization committee strives to offer supreme viewing experience to everyone in the venue, those who want to be closest to the action should purchase Lower Bowl tickets.
Can I bring a camera?
You can bring the camera, but using equipment such as tripods or selfie sticks that could obstruct the view to other visitors is not recommended.
Can I bring my food and beverages to the venue?
Riot Games will release a Finals Survival Guide for attendees closer to the event. The guide will answer this question.
UPDATE: All tickets are sold out now and can’t be purchased through any channel. Don’t lose hope, though; Riot Games will release a limited number of tickets in September, so stop by because we’ll keep you updated on the latest developments.
Ticketholder FAQ Ticketmaster
Do I need an account at Ticketmaster in order to buy tickets?
Yes, the website requires an account to purchase tickets.
Are tickets refundable?
No, tickets for LoL Worlds 2016 are non-refundable.
How many tickets I can buy?
You can buy up to 6 tickets.
How many days is my ticket good for?
One ticket allows you to attend one day of the event.
What if I want to go to multiple days of the event?
Due to the fact there are no multi-ticket packages, you will simply have to purchase a ticket for each day individually.
Are seats assigned or we can sit wherever we want?
Yes, seats are assigned. Therefore, if you’d like to attend the event with your friends, you should buy tickets together.
Is there a queue or a waiting page for tickets?
Only in instances when some event is in high demand, an automatic system goes live in order to mitigate the traffic for Groups. The Ticketmaster website uses a queue system which selects purchasing order by lottery. However, you should bear in mind that being in the queue or lobby doesn’t necessarily mean you will get the ticket 100%. It’s highly recommended to get tickets for desired events as soon as possible.
Worlds 2016 will tour across the United States, take us to different venues, and provide unforgettable moments with exciting matches. The tickets for the group stage are already in sale and all you have to do is to go to Ticketmaster.com and buy them. We can expect more tickets to be released a few weeks before the event.
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