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Starcraft II WCS Global Finals Moving to ACC Arena

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Blizzard has just announced that instead of taking place on the BlizzCon floor, the WCS Global Finals will be happening at the other end of the Anaheim Convention Center complex in the Arena. BlizzCon attendees will have access to the event along with the rest of the convention activities, but Blizzard will also be selling tickets specifically for the WCS event alone, allowing even more folks to get in the door for the excitement of the WCS.

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The year’s biggest StarCraft® II eSports event just got even bigger! The conclusion of the SC2 World Championship Series Global Finals takes place November 7 and 8 during BlizzCon, and this year, we’re moving the action from the BlizzCon floor to the Anaheim Convention Center Arena.

Along with this Arena upgrade comes extra seating capacity, allowing us to offer the StarCraft II community another opportunity to be part of the Global Finals excitement live and in person. On October 7 at 11 a.m. PDT, a limited quantity of tickets to attend the epic conclusion of 2014 series in the Arena will go on sale to the public—here’s what you need to know.


Two Days of eSports Action in the Arena

Beginning October 7 at 11 a.m. PDT, we’ll be selling approximately 1,000 tickets to attend the SC2 WCS Global Finals via the online event ticketing service Eventbrite. Each ticket costs $25 (plus a $2.37 service fee; limit 6) and grants you access to seating in the Loge and Terrace balcony sections of the Arena at the Anaheim Convention Center on both November 7 and 8.

If you’ve been following the WCS action all year, this is your chance to /cheer on your favorite players as they battle for a spot in the Grand Finals—and be there live for the last thrilling GG of the 2014 series.

How to Buy

To purchase tickets, visit the Eventbrite ticketing page for the SC2 WCS Global Finals in the Arena beginning on October 7.

Once the sale begins, you’ll be able to select the quantity of tickets you’d like to purchase (up to 6 maximum) and click Order Now. If tickets are still available, you will have several minutes to complete your purchase, after which point the tickets will be released for sale to others.

You will need to provide your own name and contact info, including the email address where you will receive the tickets, at the time of purchase. You will not need to provide the names of any attendees, and names will not be printed on Arena badges. Note that tickets to this event are non-refundable.

Ticket Delivery & Badge Pickup

After successfully completing a purchase, the ticket buyer will receive their tickets via email from Eventbrite. Each ticket contains a unique attendee bar code that will be required to gain entry to the show.

To receive your badges, visit the Anaheim Convention Center Arena box office on Friday between 9:00 a.m. PST – 9:00 p.m. PST or Saturday between 9:00 a.m. PST – 6:30 p.m. PST and present your ticket and bar code (printed or on your mobile device).

Watch the World Championship Opening Weekend Online

As a reminder, the StarCraft II WCS Global Finals kick off a week before BlizzCon at the World Championship Opening Weekend. All StarCraft II WCS Global Finals Round of 16 matches will be conducted during the World Championship Opening Weekend event on Saturday, November 1, and while the event isn’t open to the public, you can watch all of the action online on our Twitch Starcraft II World Championship Series channel.

For more information on tickets to attend the conclusion of the SC2 WCS Global Finals at BlizzCon, check out the FAQ below. We look forward to seeing you there!

Tickets to StarCraft II WCS Global Finals in the Arena – FAQ

Q: Where does the StarCraft II WCS Global Finals ticket grant me access?

A: These special WCS Global Finals tickets grant entry to the StarCraft II tournaments held in the Arena at the Anaheim Convention Center (ACC) on November 7 and 8 only, and allow you to sit in the Loge and Terrace balcony sections. Seating is not reserved, so you’ll be able to sit wherever you find a free spot in these sections. Note that these tickets do not grant access to BlizzCon or come with this year’s in-game goodies.

Q: Do I need to buy a ticket for each day of the tournament?

A: Nope! One ticket gets you access to the Arena and the WCS action taking place there on both days (November 7 and 8).

Q: Is anything else going on in the Arena during this time?

A: The Arena is dedicated to the StarCraft II WCS Global Finals on both days of BlizzCon.

Q: What does the WCS schedule during BlizzCon look like?

A: The action begins on Friday around noon PST (after the BlizzCon opening ceremony concludes) and is scheduled to end around 9:00 p.m., though exact timing depends on how the tournaments shake out. On Saturday, matches are scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. (beginning with exhibition matches) and end at approximately 6:30 p.m. We’ll post a more detailed schedule closer to the show.

Q: Will all of the WCS Global Finals matches be taking place in the Arena?

The StarCraft II WCS Global Finals Round of 16 matches will be conducted the weekend prior to BlizzCon at a separate location as part of the World Championship Opening Weekend. Note that neither the BlizzCon ticket nor the WCS Arena ticket grants you access to the World Championship Opening Weekend events. All matches of the WCS Round of 8, WCS Semifinals, and WCS Grand Finals, along with some special StarCraft II exhibition matches, will be conducted in the Arena on November 7 and 8.

Q: I have a BlizzCon ticket already—do I need to also purchase a StarCraft II WCS Global Finals ticket to watch the tournament in the Arena?

Your BlizzCon 2014 badge will also grant you access to the Arena to watch the tournament action live on both days of the show (November 7 and 8). General BlizzCon attendees will be able to sit in any available seat in the Arena, including the floor seats close to the action.  (They’ll also have access to the Loge and Terrace if they’d like to sit with friends holding WCS-only tickets.) BlizzCon attendees will also have the option to watch certain tournaments, including the Grand Finals, simulcast on the Main and Panel stages on the main BlizzCon floor.

Q: Can I watch the WCS online?

Yes! This year’s BlizzCon eSports tournaments, including the StarCraft II World Championship Global Finals, Hearthstone World Championship, and World of Warcraft Arena World Championship, will be streamed live online for free at www.blizzcon.com and the StarCraft II WCS portal on November 7 and 8. We’ll have more details closer to the show.

JR Cook

JR has been writing for fan sites since 2000 and has been doing Blizzard Exclusive fansites since 2003. He helped co-found BlizzPro in 2013. You can hear JR every week talk about Hearthstone on the Well Met Podcast published on iTunes.

One response to “Starcraft II WCS Global Finals Moving to ACC Arena”

  1. Hasteur says:

    *eyebrow* If they’re needing more time for the SC2 WCS, what are they going to fill the “Tourney” stage with to replace it?