San Diego Convention Center
Located in the Marina district at the heart of downtown, this San Diego meeting facility offers wonderful panoramic views of the city and the bay. Designed by architect, Arthur Erickson, it spans an impressive 2.6 million square feet, making it the largest convention facility in North America. Numerous notable conventions are hosted at the San Diego Convention Center, including the American Psychology Convention, the Boat Show, and the International Auto Show; however, Comic Con is perhaps the most well-known, drawing more than 100,000 people a year.
The Convention Center boasts 615,701 square feet of exhibit space; 204,114 square feet of meeting space; and, 284,494 square feet of pre-function, lobby and registration space. Sails Pavilion, the building's 90,000 square foot architectural centerpiece, has been drastically improved with an industry standard trade show floor, state-of-the-art lighting and a new cooling and heating system. Sails Pavilion is topped with a Teflon-coated fiberglass roof designed to look like sails, reflecting San Diego's maritime history and advertising the center's waterfront location.
Within walking distance to the city's major attractions such as Gaslamp Quarter, Horton Plaza, Petco Park, and Seaport Village, the San Diego Convention Center is California's premier location for meetings, events, and trade shows. Convenience is an understatement as a five-minute shuttle ride from the airport brings visitors straight to the Convention Center's doors. There are also 7,500 first-class hotel rooms to choose from within one mile of the Convention Center.
A professional Convention Services team is available to assist with all the details of the planning process including coordinating and conducting hotel and meeting space site visits; suggesting entertainment and area activities; providing vendor referrals; and, even assisting in marketing efforts. The Housing Services staff takes away the headache of room-block management and the Restaurant and Concierge Services team is available to arrange dining, private parties and special events. The San Diego Convention Center is equipped with all the essentials to ensure the success of your next event.