I am a little surprised that nothing's up yet for tickets to the COC in Shanghai this year… anyone hear of anything yet?
I am asking because I am. I heard this is pre-sale where you can only select the zone but not the exact seat. But you can choose your seats if you purchase after Sep 3, if there are still good seats left.
Thank you for your post. I do live in the kansai, in Osaka actually. I went to the website listed in on this thread and the ticketing has been a bit strange. The link leads to a very poorly explained form where you pick the days and ticket levels you want and then send in a form. After that, they sent an email (looking unofficial) to me asking me to confirm the days and ticket-levels that I had already selected on the form. I did that. Then they told me to send money via bank transfer. But, as you mentioned, there was no way to select the specific seat. Also, they said I would have to pick up the tickets when I get to Shangai, they will not send to Japan. This seems strange to me.
The official "on sale" day is Sep 3 from 14:00 China time, you can choose any seat that's left after pre-sale. Today (oh I should say yesterday, I mean, Monday) is the day when pre-sale ticket purchasers can check their seats on line. Based on what I heard, CoC arranged more arena seats this year because it seems the pre-sales went well. No one I know got the first 3 rows (maybe the most front rows are kept for real VIPs and sponsors), but my friends basically got the front rows in the long track side. No one I know got the short track VIP near K&C, not sure if those are kept for some one or they are just not for pre-sale. CoC's Weibo account said that they requested Yongle Ticket to arrange long track side front seats to pre-sale purchasers as many as possible, because those pre-sale purchasers are the lovers of the sport (unlike Japan, FS is not so popular in China so if you order during pre-sale you must be a follower of the sport). So I think a good seat is guaranteed during pre-sale despite you cannot choose the specific seat.
And this is indeed the website. But I am not sure about the procedure either Anyway I'll try my luck on 3rd when I can select, because I definitely want my seat to be on the judges' side. Good luck!
I don't have anything new to add other than to say that I followed through with the bank transfer from overseas and pre-ordered my tickets. I asked them to check my seat assignment for me since I could not create a Yongle account without having a Chinese cellphone number(boo!), and they did. Looks like I am quite high up as far as rows go and I am on the opposite side from the judges. I might have a slight heart-attack if I see really good seats available for selection on the 3rd!
I know there is a huge interest from people in Japan to go over to Shanghai this year, and many travel company provide packages that include flight/accommodation/tickets/transportation. Does anyone know what kind of seating they would have?
Thank you both, pandaatlarge & firal, for you input. I really appreciate it. I will complete the bank transfer today and request seats as close to the judges as possible. I am still a pretty new fan to figure skating (less than one year now), so I appreciate your advice a lot!
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I just completed the pre-order ticket purchase, mere hours before the general sale was to begin (I think, but as far as the website is concerned, there has been no change). Like firal, I had a lot of trouble, but I just got an email confirming the purchase. Unfortunately, when I asked about requesting a seat assignment, they replied "We will arrange the tickets according to your payment order." Whatever that means…