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San Diego Convention Center

San Diego Convention Center When it comes to planning a major convention or meeting, it's hard to beat the world-class San Diego Convention Center. The 2.6 million-square-foot facility is located downtown along the sparkling waterfront and has plenty of flexible exhibit and meeting space for groups of any size. It's close to everything you need - 11,000 first-class hotel rooms, the best restaurants, exciting entertainment, shopping, and an airport that's just three miles away. Top it all off with San Diego's sunny outlook and our award-winning sales team to assist you with your planning needs, and you've got all the essentials for a successful event.  

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Win Big With a Sports Event in San Diego!

SDCC Interior Upper Level Sunny skies, an abundance of year-round outdoor facilities and San Diego’s laid-back, optimistic vibe create the ideal climate for any type of sporting event or tournament, regardless of budget. From iconic Petco Park downtown, polo and soccer fields, equestrian show grounds, Olympic training venues plus a cycling Velodrome in Balboa Park. The result, San Diego has it all, for just about every sport. Don’t forget there’s plenty of water nearby at San Diego Bay and Mission Bay for boating, rowing and water sports. Book your sports competition in San Diego and guarantee a homerun, touchdown, or slam dunk with your athletes and spectators.

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San Diego Neighborhood Guide for Meeting Planners

Coronado Coronado A World Away: Easy to Reach, Impossible to Forget.
Point Loma, Harbor Island & Shelter Island Point Loma, Harbor Island & Shelter Island A neighborhood of dramatic contrasts.
Downtown Downtown Where Urban and Bayside Vibe Meet.
Mission Bay & Beaches Mission Bay & Beaches San Diego’s Water Wonderland.
La Jolla La Jolla The Jewel of San Diego's North County.
Mission Valley & Old Town Mission Valley & Old Town Accessible and affordable center of San Diego.
Gaslamp District Gaslamp District The heart of San Diego's thriving downtown entertainment district.
North County Coastal North County Coastal Iconic Southern California - where the surf meets turf.
North County Inland North County Inland For great golfing, the Safari Park, vineyards and microbreweries.
Hillcrest Hillcrest San Diego’s Hip & Cultured Uptown.
East County East County Explore San Diego’s Rugged Backyard.
UTC (University Town Center) UTC (University Town Center) The Hub of Innovation

San Diego inspires creativity and productivity

Choosing a destination for a meeting or event is your first big challenge and requires plenty of research, planning, and discussion. When San Diego is added to the mix, your decision gets a lot easier.

There's nothing more rewarding than planning a meeting that people are inspired to attend. With legendary weather, beautiful beaches and friendly, laid-back vibe, San Diego as your meeting destination boosts attendance and increases engagement.

A visitor-friendly city with a centrally located airport makes meeting planning practically effortless. Meeting planners have many options—from the eclectic downtown Gaslamp district to luxurious North County resorts; relaxing seaside hotels to value-minded Mission Valley, Mission Bay, & University Town Center (UTC). San Diego is home to exciting venues to fit the mood and objective of any meeting, and any budget.

San Diego Tourism Authority

San Diego Tourism Authority is the best first point of contact for planning a meeting in San Diego. Our sales team is uniquely qualified to provide unbiased local expertise and a comprehensive view of the destination. Take advantage of our extensive in-market relationships and be introduced to the most qualified partners to address your meeting needs.

And, these services are free to you. Our Site Experience program shares hotel and venue contacts, research, support, and provides efficient itinerary planning. We'll even accompany qualified planners on site inspections to ensure your time is productive. Our exclusive iLead system lets us evaluate your specific needs against over 135 conference hotels to provide you with real-time search results and proposals from hotels that fit your criteria. Our team is your partner in a successful event in San Diego.

    Discover more of San Diego. Call 877-9SDMeet (877.973.6338), email  or complete an RFP online.

    Speaking of San Diego

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    Cvent evaluated over 5,000 cities, ranking them based on meeting and event booking activity in the Cvent Supplier Network, as well as the number of meeting and event venues in the area. San Diego earns a spot in the Top 5!


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