Last minute tickets available for Dalai Lama’s visit to Loyola

By Sara Luebke

You may have missed out on buying Dalai Lama, but there is still a chance to get into his 1:30 p.m. Thursday appearance at Loyola University Chicago.

Although tickets for tomorrow’s lecture by Dalai Lama sold out immediately, the event committee predicts that there will be a large amount of “no-shows,” prompting them to create a “walk-in” line where students presenting a valid ID will be seated free of charge.

Here’s the original story from the email sent out by the Dalai Lama Coordinating Committee:

As many of you already know, tickets for the April 26 afternoon lecture by His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama sold out in record time. However, the likelihood of no-shows has prompted the State Department to allow us to create a “walk-in” line. Individuals will fill seats left open by no-shows, free of charge.

The walk-in line will form at the southeast entrance of the Gentile Arena beginning at 12:45 p.m. Seating will be done on a first-come, first-serve basis and is NOT guaranteed. You MUST present a current Loyola student photo ID for admission. Please note the following security requirements for all attendees:

All guests will be security screened through a metal detector or scanning wand. If you have a pacemaker and are not able to walk through a metal detector, you will be required to show your pacemaker ID card.

The following items are not allowed into the Gentile Arena:

  • Cameras
  • Recording devices of any kind
  • Laptop computers or tablets, iPads, etc.
  • Large purses or backpacks
  • Other items as determined by security officials
  • Any kind of water bottles

Small purses are permitted, but will be searched. Cell phones are permitted, but must be turned off during the program. The State Department has advised us that anyone attempting to make calls or take photos on their cell phones during this event will be escorted from the Gentile Arena. Additionally, attendees are not allowed to record the Dalai Lama’s remarks on April 26, and may be escorted from the Gentile Arena if not in compliance with these and other posted security guidelines.

Thank you for your support of Loyola and we hope you have the unique opportunity to see His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama!


The Dalai Lama Coordinating Committee


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