Tickets

Ready to see some of the world’s most fascinating people in person? You can buy tickets to individual events—or get a subscription and guarantee you won’t miss any of this season’s most memorable moments.

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Subscription Benefits

  Full Series Tiers 1 & 2 Full Series Tiers 3 & 4

3-Pack Arena

All Attendees
Reserved Parking Pass for preferred parking (1 per every 1-3 subscriptions) X      
Retain Last Year's Seats X X    
DSS Patron Card from the University Bookstore (provides a 15% discount on most purchases made at the North Campus store) X X X  
Advance purchase opportunity for individual lecture tickets before they are available for purchase by non-series subscribers X X X  
Discount purchase of Books and DVD's authored by our speakers along with access to Book Signing Priority Passes when speakers stay to autograph books X X X  

Pre-Event Mini Programs (approx. 7:00-7:30 p.m.) featuring entertainment or activities for speaker series guest who arrive early

X X X X

Full Series Subscription - Seating & Prices

Full Series Subscriptions SOLD OUT

Series Subscriptions are sold out. Individual lecture tickets can still be purchased for most remaining events.

When you buy a subscription you’re guaranteed tickets to see every speaker. A subscription is often more affordable than you think, especially if you’re already attending a few events throughout the year.  Series subscribers typically save 10% or more.

Series Subscription Pricing
  Tier 1 Tier 2

Tier 3

General Admission
Full Series $330 $276 $216 $122 

Seating Options:  All events start at 7:30 p.m.

Tier 1:  Alumni Arena - Center Floor (sections 2, 3 & 4); Center for the Arts -  Front Orchestra
Tier 2: Alumni Arena - 100-level; Center for the Arts - Rear Orchestra & Loge
Tier 3:  Alumni Arena - 200-level; Center for the Arts - Balcony
General Admission:  Alumni Arena - 300-level/possibly Bleachers; Center for the Arts - Rear Balcony

3-Pack Arena Subscription - Seating & Prices

3-Pack Arena Subscriptions SOLD OUT

3-Pack Arena Subscriptions are sold out. Individual lecture tickets can still be purchased for most remaining events.

Not interested in a full series subscription? Consider purchasing a 3-Pack Arena Subscription which includes one ticket to each of the Alumni Arena events (Biden, Davis and Rice).

3-Pack Arena Subscription Pricing
  Tier 1 Tier 2

Tier 3

General Admission
3-Pack Arena $177 $156 $123 $77

Seating Options:  All Alumni Arena events start at 7:30 p.m.

Tier 1:  Alumni Arena - Center Floor (sections 2, 3 & 4)
Tier 2: Alumni Arena - 100-level
Tier 3:  Alumni Arena - 200-level and Outer Floor (sections 1 & 5)
General Admission:  Alumni Arena - 300-level/possibly Bleachers

Individual Events - Seating & Prices

Individual lecture tickets can be purchased in person or online through the links below.

Tickets for Biden, Davis and Rice are available at the Alumni Arena Box Office (M-F, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) or Ticketmaster.

Tickets for Diamandis, Genova and Farrow are available at the Center for the Arts Box Office (T-F, 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.) or Ticketfly.

Speaker Tier 1 Tier 2

Tier 3

Tier 4

General Admission

Purchase Tickets
Joe Biden, 10/25 $68 $62 $52 $32 Ticketmaster
Peter Diamandis, 11/14 $58 $46 $34 $18 Ticketfly
Lisa Genova, 12/6 $58 $46 $34 $18 Ticketfly
Angela Davis, 2/27 $58 $46 $34 $18 Ticketmaster
Ronan Farrow, 3/28 $58 $46 $34 $18 Ticketfly
Condoleezza Rice, 4/17 $68 $62 $52 $32 Ticketmaster

Seating Options:  All events start at 7:30 p.m.

Tier 1: Alumni Arena - Center Floor (sections 2, 3 & 4); Center for the Arts -  Front Orchestra
Tier 2: Alumni Arena - 100-level; Center for the Arts - Rear Orchestra & Loge
Tier 3: Alumni Arena - 200-level and Outer Floor (sections 1 & 5); Center for the Arts - Balcony
General Admission: Alumni Arena - 300-level/possibly Bleachers; Center for the Arts - Rear Balcony

Free Tickets for UB Students

UB undergrads and GSA-represented graduate students are eligible for free tickets to all speaker events, while supplies last, as a benefit of SA and GSA sponsorships of the Speakers Series. Graduate students in the following schools/programs are not represented by the Graduate Student Association (GSA): Law, Dental, Medical, MBA and Pharmacy P1-4. Students in the following programs are also not represented by SA/GSA: Intensive English Program and the Gifted Math Program.

How to Get Free Student Tickets

Lisa Genova

UB Undergraduate Students

Starting on Mon., Nov. 26th, UB SA-represented students can pick up tickets, one per UB ID, while supplies last by visiting the SBI Ticket Office Office - 221 Student Union, North Campus (M-F, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.).

UB Graduate Students

Starting on Mon., Nov. 26th, UB GSA-represented students can pick up tickets, one per UB ID, while supplies last by visiting one of the SBI Ticket Offices - 221 Student Union, North Campus (M-F, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.) or 135 Diefendorf Hall, South Campus (M-F, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.).

Upcoming Speakers

Tickets for eligible students will be provided lecture-to-lecture.  Information on how, when and where eligible UB students may access free tickets will be posted here prior to each upcoming lecture.

WNY Educational Outreach Program

Free Tickets for Local High Schools & Community Organizations

Every year, UB offers literally thousands of free Distinguished Speakers Series tickets to local high schools and non-profit community service organizations. Tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis and are only available while supplies last.

Tickets are offered through the UB Educational Outreach Program, which is sponsored by Hodgson Russ LLP, Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative and The Buffalo News. 

NON-PROFIT COMMUNITY SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS AND RELIGIOUS GROUPS

Request tickets via link below for:

  • Angela Davis – ticket requests can be submitted 1/7/19-2/11/19

HIGH SCHOOLS ONLY

Request tickets via links below for:

COMPLETED OFFERS:

  • Joe Biden – all free tickets have been claimed. Please see Group Ticketing for information on purchasing tickets.

Group Ticketing

Group Sales

If you are purchasing 10 or more tickets for a particular event, you are eligible for a group discount.

Group Ticket Pricing
Speaker Tier 1 Tier 2

Tier 3

General Admission
Joe Biden, 10/25 $61.00 $55.00 $46.00 $28.00
Peter Diamandis, 11/14 $52.00 $41.00 $30.00 $16.00

Lisa Genova, 12/6

$52.00 $41.00 $30.00 $16.00

Angela Davis, 2/27

$52.00 $41.00 $30.00 $16.00
Ronan Farrow, 3/28 $52.00 $41.00 $30.00 $16.00
Condoleezza Rice, 4/17 $61.00 $55.00 $46.00 $28.00

Seating Options:  All events start at 7:30 p.m.

Tier 1: Alumni Arena - Center Floor (sections 2, 3 & 4); Center for the Arts -  Front Orchestra
Tier 2: Alumni Arena - 100-level; Center for the Arts - Rear Orchestra & Loge
Tier 3: Alumni Arena - 200-level and Outer Floor (sections 1 & 5); Center for the Arts - Balcony
General Admission: Alumni Arena - 300-level/possibly Bleachers; Center for the Arts - Rear Balcony

Available September 19, 2018 (at 10:00 a.m.)

Beginning Wednesday, September 19, groups of 10 or more will have the opportunity to purchase a block of tickets.

Group Orders for Alumni Arena Events

Group orders of 10 or more tickets for Alumni Arena events (Biden, Davis & Rice) can be placed in person at the Alumni Arena Box Office (M-F, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) or through Ticketmaster.

Group Orders for Center for the Arts Events

Group orders of 10 or more tickets for the Center for the Arts events (Diamandis, Genova & Farrow) can only be placed in person at the Center for the Arts Box Office (T-F, 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.).

Discounts

UB Affiliates

Contributing Series Sponsors, United University Professions (UUP), TIAA, the UB Alumni Association and the UB Office of Donor Relations are offering discount vouchers that provide significant cost savings on lecture ticket purchases.  Discount vouchers are recognized only at the box offices (not applicable to purchases made through Ticketmaster or Ticketfly):

Refunds and Exchanges

The University Events office has a no-refund-or-exchange policy for tickets purchased for any Distinguished Speakers lecture. However, refunds or exchanges will be honored in the event of a lecture cancellation.

Support and Funding

All speaker honoraria and production expenses for the Distinguished Speakers Series are covered by the following:

  • Ticket sales
  • Support provided voluntarily by student governments using their student activity fees to purchase large blocks of tickets for each of the lectures for free distribution to students
  • Sponsorships directed to the series by our university and community partners
  • The Donald L. Davis Lectureship Fund, an endowment created exclusively to support the series

No state funds, Research Foundation funds, tuition dollars, or general gifts to the university or UB Foundation are used to support the program.

Sponsors are listed throughout this website, where appropriate.