San Diego Convention Center Welcomes Comic-Con 2018

It's back! The San Diego Convention Center is proud to be the "mothership" for the 49th annual Comic-Con International.

This iconic event brings an estimated 135,000 attendees into our facility and into the region, from Thursday, July 19 through Sunday, July 22. Attendees with preview night passes get first access to the exhibit floor starting on Wednesday, July 18.

The event brings international guests from over 80 countries and thousands upon thousands of registered media from around the world.

Comic-Con generates the most regional impact of any event hosted at the San Diego Convention Center, all year. This infographic shows the estimated economic impact this year's premier pop-culture phenomenon brings.

"To everyone who has traveled from around the world to join us this week, our team at the San Diego Convention Center says, 'Thank you,'" said President & CEO Clifford "Rip" Rippetoe, CVE. "This is an iconic show at an iconic destination and we are honored to have been Comic-Con's home since 1991."
As the event grows, a collaborative approach was taken this year to create a pedestrian experience on our front drive. This also improves the security of the event. Here's a look at the ABC's of what's new.
  • Be sure to visit our FAQ's for all the details on the changes.

Our community benefits in other ways during the show as well. We are environmental superheroes and stewards during this event and every event we host. Here's a fun fact: we are able to recycle 100 percent of all cardboard boxes through our two balers located on site. This is in partnership with Waste Management who then transports that cardboard offsite with natural-gas fueled trucks.

And finally, we can't forget the food! This year, our food and beverage team is serving up fish tacos and many new healthy food options, including gluten free and vegan items. And  we have four new flavors of on-site Comic-Con themed Chocolate Bars we produce entirely in-house.

Comic-Con International: San Diego is a nonprofit educational corporation dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular artforms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture.

The San Diego Convention Center is the region’s premier gathering place, hosting conventions, trade shows and community events that economically benefit the City of San Diego and advances our convention and tourism industry.

Barbara Moreno's picture
Posted by Barbara Moreno, on July 18, 2018
Attendees, Events, Experience San Diego

Add new comment

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Stay updated with Convention Center news, upcoming events, job listings and more.

Connect With Us


Official Corporate Partners of the San Diego Convention Center Corporation: