If you’re hoping to attend the always sold-out Comic-Con next year, here’s a save-the-date reminder you won’t want to forget: On Nov. 16, badges for the July extravaganza will go on sale.
Comic-Con International organizers warn aspiring attendees, as they do every year, that there “are more eligible attendees than available badges and not everyone will be able to purchase a badge during Open Registration.”
As was the case last year, an online waiting room will open at 8 a.m., an hour before badge sales begin. Individuals can buy badges for up to three people, including themselves, but each person must have created a Comic-Con member ID prior to Monday at 10:30 AM Pacific Standard time.
Those eligible for what is known as open registration should receive an email with their personal registration code and a link to the badge-purchasing site at least 48 hours in advance of the online sale. At that time, registration codes and a waiting room link will also be available in the individual’s Comic-Con member ID accounts under the “Registration Info” tab.
Still confused or need more guidance? Comic-Con organizers offer more help here.
Prices for next year’s convention, which will run from July 22 (preview night) to July 26, have gone up slightly, to $69 a day for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, $50 for preview night and $47 for Sunday.
Comic-Con, which has signed short-term contracts with the San Diego Convention Center Corp. every few years, recently agreed to a new three-year contract that will keep the city’s largest convention in San Diego through 2024. Organizers would like to see the bayfront convention center expanded so that it can accommodate more than the 135,000 attendees it attracts each year.
In March, voters will be asked to raise San Diego’s hotel tax to help finance a larger center, as well as fund services for the homeless and pay for road repairs.