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W&M releases ticket information for Dalai Lama visit

Below is information for both the campus community and the general public on acquiring tickets to attend the Oct. 10, 2012, Dalai Lama event in Kaplan Arena at William & Mary Hall. Approximately 8,200 seats will be available for the event, which will begin at 2 p.m. Doors will open at noon.  All information on the event – including any updates on tickets, parking, prohibited items and other general information – will be posted at www.wm.edu/dalailamavisit.

Campus Community Tickets:

More than half of the tickets for the event will be made available to the William & Mary campus community at no cost. These free tickets will be reserved for 4,300 students and 900 faculty and staff. Given the expected demand, a random lottery will determine the campus community members receiving tickets. Students, faculty and staff selected through the lottery will be eligible for one complimentary ticket each. 

Members of the campus community who want a complimentary ticket must register online at www.wm.edu/dalailamavisit beginning at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept 4. A name, ID number and campus email will be required; incomplete applications will not be accepted. Registration will be open Sept. 4, 5 and 6 to ensure that everyone has a reasonable opportunity to register – all applications received during this three-day period will have an equal chance to receive a complimentary ticket through the lottery system. Registration will close at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6.

All campus members who registered will be emailed by 9 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 7. Winners of the campus ticket lottery will be given further information on ticket pick up dates, times and location. A William & Mary photo ID will be required to pick up these complimentary tickets.  

General Public Tickets

Members of the campus community who do not receive a complimentary ticket and members of the general public who want to attend the event will also have the opportunity to purchase tickets. Approximately 3,000 tickets – as well as any unclaimed campus lottery tickets – will be made available to the general public.

Ticket prices for general admission will range from $15 to $25, based on the proximity to the stage. Lower level general admission is $25 and upper level general admission is $15. Due to limited seating, no more than two tickets can be purchased at one time. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and may be purchased beginning at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at TicketReturn.com.

A link to this specific event on TicketReturn.com will be available at www.wm.edu/dalailamavisit. No phone or in-person sales will be accepted.


An advisory with information regarding credentials for members of the media will be released shortly.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama does not charge a speaking engagement fee, and no aspect of His Holiness' visit is being used to profit financially.