The International 7: Ticket Information and Tips

Yesterday, Valve announced the dates for The International 2017, which is the largest Dota 2 event of the year. The best teams from around the world gather in Seattle, Washington to challenge each other for the tremendous grand prize.

Interested in attending or watching, but not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered with a series on all the info you need to enjoy The International 2017 to the fullest! As the tournament gets closer, we’ll post more guides on getting to and around Seattle, finding places to eat, and surviving TI. Here’s the key information you need to know about buying TI7 tickets.

Highlights from the The International Ticketing FAQ:

  • The International 2017 will take place at KeyArena in Seattle, Washington.
  • The Main Event is August 7th to August 12th (Monday to Saturday).
  • Tickets go on sale through Ticketmaster on Tuesday, April 4th at 10:00AM and 10:00PM Pacific Daylight Time. Here is a handy time zone converter.
  • Full TI7 access costs $300: Midweek tickets are $100 for Monday to Thursday access. Finals tickets cost $200 for Friday and Saturday.
  • All tickets are general admission. Seating is not assigned in the arena, and no VIP tickets will be available this year.
  • Like last year, there will be an outdoor viewing screen right outside of the arena for anyone to watch the games.
  • For ticket-buyers who live in the USA or Canada, tickets will be mailed to you at least two weeks before the event.
  • International ticket orders will be available for pickup at KeyArena starting on August 5. You must bring a government-issued I.D. to claim your tickets.
  • The TI7 cosplay competition will take place during the Main Event and has a prize pool of $15,000. Contestants do not need an event ticket to enter, but you must register beforehand.

Check out these extra tips from Desoladies members and TI travel veterans:

  • Since tickets are purchased through Ticketmaster, your order will be subject to additional fees. We don’t know the exact cost, but expect to add at least $50 on top of the base ticket price.
  • Purchasing TI tickets is very competitive. Double-check your Ticketmaster account information the night before, and log in early to get ready for the ticket release. Also, try to purchase tickets on the website and mobile app simultaneously to increase your chances of snagging seats.
  • If you require accessible seating, you must purchase a general admission ticket during the initial ticket release. When you get to the arena, notify a staff member and they will direct you to the accessible seating area. The space has normal, detached (not stadium) chairs with ample space for wheelchairs and mobility devices. You and a few friends can sit together in the accessible area, but everyone needs a basic GA ticket to get into the arena.
  • If you do not get any tickets, fear not! Many people end up buying too many tickets and reselling them later for face value (or even less). While scalpers are always a last resort, you can likely get tickets for a reasonable price by checking Dota-related subreddits, Discords, and forums, or by asking around in Twitch streams or your Dota friends.
  • If you can’t get tickets at all, you can still watch the games on the outdoor screen (if the weather is forgiving).
  • The most affordable accommodations near the arena sell out very quickly after the event is announced. Book early! Check out these links for local lodgings:
  • Public transit and other methods of getting around (like Uber) are readily available, so don’t be afraid to search a little farther away from the event. Accommodations farther from downtown are generally less expensive. However, keep in mind that daily travel fees stack up the longer you are in Seattle. Plus, doors generally open at 9:00AM, so staying too far from KeyArena may mean you need to choose between solid sleep and solid seats.
  • As always, use caution and good sense when finding roommates or purchasing tickets from another person. Check reviews on everything before paying for it.

Thanks for checking out part one of our TI7 rundown! Look for more information as we get closer to the event, and follow Desoladies on Twitter for more updates.

    (PS: If you are a Desolady, check out our #ti7 Discord channel dedicated to all things TI, including finding roommates, getting tickets, organizing meetups, and more!)