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  1. For GPF Vancouver and 4CC Anaheim, they left almost all the sections behind and directly beside the judges reserved for VIPs, media, and team seating. I think it will depend on the media and judges table setup. They (Skate Canada, USFSA, the venue ticketing office, etc.) don’t sell tickets for those sections to the general public because the view from those seats are partially blocked from the third row and back, and to allow VIPs, volunteers, and media to sit there throughout the event. Although I must admit, even knowing and seeing their seat blocking policy firsthand at competitions, I’m surprised at how many seats seem to be unavailable for all-event package purchase.
  2. According to the Torino 2019 GPF staff at the booth at Worlds, tickets for GPF will go on sale in mid-May. The website is already up. torino2019.com
  3. No ID checks. They check bags, ask you to unzip your jackets to peer inside, and then let you in after giving the digital stamp. For exit and re-entry, they will give you a glow in the dark stamp on your hand. Upon re-entry, you have to show your e-ticket and then they will flash a light over your hand to see the stamp.
  4. Pardon my first post. I meant it will be hosted Thursday to Sunday. December 5th to the 8th, not 8th to the 10th.
  5. Venue staff will begin accepting gifts for all participating skaters at Worlds from March 20th onwards at the main rink. There will be designated gift boxes in the main hall for fans to drop gifts off. They said to make sure the skater's name is visible on the gift and that items such as food, drinks, animals, high value items, money, gift certificates, and flower wreaths won't be accepted.
  6. The official Worlds website says they won’t publicize online or put up music rotations for spectators at the venue but most fans find it anyway because music rotations are provided for media reference. All the information will be on the ISU website. It would be highly unusual if they don’t upload it onto the ISU site even for media so I think we’ll be able to get our hands on the rotations without much hassle.
  7. The linked tweet is a notification that the final list of competitors for Worlds will be released soon and that there are only a few tickets remaining for World Championships events and official practice.
  8. The width of the banner can’t be wider than your seat. It’s to prevent people from holding up large banners and potentially blocking the view of the spectators seated behind them. Though I question the necessity of this rule since most, if not all spectators follow common etiquette and only hold up banners and flags before and after a performance anyway. I have no idea how strictly the banner rule will be enforced but I’m a little sad; my friends and I often bring larger 150cm flags and banners to support skaters at competitions.
  9. They don’t usually ask once you’re seated unless there’s something that gives venue staff reason to believe you’re in the incorrected seat. If it’s your purchased seat, I don’t think there will be any problems but I’m not sure about the venue policies on checking on seats that belong to tickets that haven’t been scanned in yet. If it was anywhere but Japan, I wouldn’t consider it an issue but you never know. It may be fine to simply give away your seat. But I think the EMTG app or website has a ticket transfer option once the tickets are accessible in March. You could try to resell it even at a little bit of a loss? S seat tickets were so expensive after all.
  10. Did anyone win extra tickets for 4/11, 4/13, or 4/14 of WTT? I’ll be in Fukuoka for the full four days and would be happy to buy any extra tickets for those days and enter with you!
  11. Venue/Worlds staff haven’t addressed it yet but I don’t think they will allow overnight queueing outside the venue. I think the best thing to do would be to contact them and ask about when earliest queueing outside would be allowed each day (since doors open at different times each day) and where an acceptable location to queue would be. Fans can organize amongst themselves for queueing but that often leads to venue staff deciding to announce/change where fans may enter right before doors open and it leads to an all-out mad sprint to get into a new queue to enter. They might also restrict the unreserved seating for practices to certain sections in each rink so it would be beneficial to inquire about that as well beforehand before making plans to save seats for each other.
  12. Saving seats for practices on a first come, first serve basis is honored in Japan as long as it’s reasonable. I do remember some complaints at different competitions about people who came in early to save seats, left, and only returned hours later. There can be some teamwork involved among groups of fans to save seats and rotate to make sure there’s someone sitting there to watch belongings, etc. But overall, yes the Japanese fans do save seats for themselves and others.
  13. If they’re electronic tickets, it might be easier and more straightforward to list your tickets up for sale or trade on twitter using the Japanese Worlds hashtag. There will be less fees and people will find your tickets faster. Most will have passable English to get the transaction done as well.
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