The doors to the Esports Stadium, Arlington will open on the 30th Nov – 1st Dec for the ECS Season 8 Finals. Here’s everything you need to know about attending the Finals! 

EVENT SCHEDULE FOR ATTENDEES

The ECS Season 8 Finals take place over four days, 28th Nov – 1st Dec. The first two days are broadcast only and closed to spectators. Below are the timings for Saturday & Sunday, when the venue is open to spectators. These timings are typically when the matches are due to begin, and we recommend arriving in advance.

Saturday, Nov 30
10 AM CTVenue opens
12 PM CTPlayoffs Semi #1 – BO3
3 PM CTPlayoffs Semi #2 – BO3
Sunday, Dec 1
9:30 AM CTVenue opens
11:30 AM CTShowmatch #1
1 PM CTShowmatch #2
3 PM CTGrand Final – BO3

WHEN SHOULD I ARRIVE?

Doors to the Esports Stadium Arlington will open at different times on Saturday and Sunday, due to slightly different match schedules. Door opening times can be found below. We advise guests to arrive with plenty of time to find their seats, and explore the Esports Stadium Arlington.

Saturday 30th Nov – 10:00 AM CT

Sunday 1st Dec – 9:30 AM CT 

WRISTBAND COLLECTION

Upon arrival at the Esports Stadium Arlington, attendees can head to the South entrance of the arena, where the ticket collection point is located. Here you will exchange your paper or email ticket for a wristband.
Please retain your wristband for the duration of the event, as you will only be issued one wristband.

TRAVELLING TO ESPORTS STADIUM ARLINGTON

Esports Stadium Arlington offers on-site parking via the Arlington Convention Centre’s guest parking.  Car park address:

1200 Ballpark Way, Arlington, TX 76011

Additionally, there are public transport options via the Arlington Trolley service. It offers reliable and free transportation between local hotels and many of Arlington’s most popular entertainment venues. Check the Arlington Trolley website for full details on which route covers your hotel.

TICKETS

Please purchase tickets in advance for this event. Tickets will not be sold on the day. Please visit the official ECS Season 8 Finals ticketing site for all ticket options. 

AGE RESTRICTIONS

This event is restricted to 16+ without an accompanying 18+ adult. You must bring your ID to prove you are 16+ if you are travelling without an 18+ adult. If you are 18+ and will be accompanying those that are younger than 16, you will be asked to present ID. There will be no admittance to those under 16 without an 18+ accompanying adult.

SEATING

Seating is not allocated or numbered, just divided into Premium, and General Admission areas. The venue staff will direct you to your relevant seating zones based on the ticket you have purchased.

CAN I BRING MY BAG?

Yes, you can bring normal-sized bags, but these will be inspected by security as you enter. Nothing larger than a normal rucksack will be permitted entry, and no wheeled luggage is allowed. There will be no onsite storage for bags or luggage.

FOOD AND DRINK

Esports Stadium Arlington offers several dining and snacking options for event attendees. These include soft drinks, grab-n-go snack items, candy and popcorn. Cash and credit card are both accepted. Food can not be brought in from outside, unless for medical reasons.

DISABLED ACCESS

Esports Stadium Arlington offers step-free access via a ramped entrance on the South side of the arena. Should disabled guests need any assistance, please speak to any of the on-site event staff upon arrival, or email ecs@csgoleague.com for help planning your visit.

WHERE DO I COLLECT MY PREMIUM BAG?

Premium ticket holders will be able to collect their goodie bags from the merchandise stall, located adjacent to Esports Stadium Arlington’s entrance.

SIGNING SESSIONS

We have made every effort to ensure that signing sessions do not conflict with crucial matches at the ECS Finals. All teams will take part in at least one signing session over the two ticketed days. Signing timings:

Saturday 30th Nov – Time Team
11:30 AM CT AVANGAR
14:30 PM CT Ninjas in Pyjamas
6:00 PM CT Astralis
7:00 PM CT Team Liquid
Sunday 1st Dec – Time Team
11:30 AM CT SHARKS
12:30 AM CT MIBR
13:30 PM CT Evil Geniuses
14:30 PM CT FNATIC

As time and signing queue capacity is limited, we advise anyone who wants to attend a signing or meet-and-greet session to arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Please keep an eye on our Twitter, as well as check with staff at the signing area for any updated timings of the team you’d like to meet. These are subject to change based on match schedules and tournament progression.

SECURITY
There is a strict security procedure in place at Esports Stadium Arlington, upon entry to the arena. This procedure includes the use of metal detectors, handheld wands and bag searches, with this process repeating upon re-entry. Please allow ample time on entry and re-entry into the arena for these checks to take place.

Inside the arena, security guards are located throughout the venue, ensuring the safety of all attendees.

COSPLAY AND COSTUME

You will not be allowed entry to the venue with the following items:


– Metal blades whether sharp or blunt e.g. swords, axes, and knives.

– Actual or imitation guns, rifles, or artillery.

– Rubber, plastic or any imitation blades whether sharp or blunt e.g. swords, axes, and – knives

– Heavy bats, paddles or clubs including wooden or metal baseball bats.

– Bokken – a type of hard wooden (or toughened plastic) training sword.

– Explosives and incendiary devices.

– Functional strung bows or crossbows, sharp arrows or bolts.

– Gas canisters.

– Protruding nails or other sharp items.

– Laser pointers regardless of whether or not they are part of a costume or prop.

– Any other items restricted or prohibited from being carried in public by the relevant country’s law; there is some allowance for imitation firearms.

– There are no exceptions made to these rules for special licences, memberships, or training. If you have any queries regarding the display or transportation of a weapon or prop outside of the event, contact the relevant authority.

For all other enquiries, please send an email to ecs@csgoleague.com