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General Information

Basic information to help get you started

Abundant, flexible space and five-star service make the San Diego Convention Center the meeting planner's choice for hosting major conventions, trade shows, meetings and special events.

Successful Events Start with the Basics

We know creating an exceptional event can be a huge challenge. To help you get started, we've compiled many of the basics all in one place. And, of course, you can always contact a member of our friendly sales team at any time if you have questions, or need additional information.

Exhibit Space:

  • 525,701 gross square feet of contiguous exhibit space on Ground Level, divisible into 7 halls
  • 90,000 square feet of column-free exhibit space in the Sails Pavilion on Upper Level


  • 72 meeting/banquet rooms totaling 204,114 square feet of space, including two Ballrooms, totaling 80,706 sq. ft.
  • 90,000 square feet of column-free space in Sails Pavilion
  • 8 Show manager offices overlooking Exhibit Halls

Outdoor Terrace:

  • 184,500 square feet landscaped terrace levels with spectacular bay views - ideal for receptions and breaks


  • 284,494 sq. ft. of prefunction, lobby, registration and circulation areas including the lobby which features 115,756 sq. ft. of convenient registration areas


  • Two parking facilities offering 3,950 spaces
  • 1,950 space parking garage
  • Additional 2,000 spaces available directly across the street

Truck Access:

  • 50 loading docks with 8 direct drive-in accesses to Exhibit Halls including a 30 ft. high elephant door located at Hall H


  • 8 passenger elevators
  • 3 freight elevators with 20,000 lbs. capacity
  • 2 freight/service elevators with 10,000 lbs. capacity
  • 3 service elevators with 5,000 lbs. capacity
  • 14 escalators


  • Halls A, B & C: 27 ft. to the bottom of truss; 40 ft. to ceiling
  • Halls D & E: 27 ft. to bottom of truss; 39 ft. to ceiling
  • Halls F, G & H: 36 ft. to bottom of truss; 64 ft. to ceiling


  • 120, 208, 227, 480 V (Single and Three Phase)
  • Full range of electrical services


  • Full facility Wi-Fi 802.11a/g/n
  • Free light-use Wi-Fi in ground-level lobby areas A-H and Tides Restaurant
  • Complete Telephone Services
  • ISDN, T-1 and other Special Data Circuits
  • Gigabit Backbone
  • Temporary LAN/WAN/VPN Networks
  • Point-to-Point Networking
  • Webcasting, Email Stations & Cyber-Cafes
  • Fiber connectivity with headquarters hotel

Food Services:

  • 138-seat capacity onsite restaurant and 36-seat bar
  • 8 concession stands in Exhibit Halls
  • 2 full-service kitchens
  • Portable specialty services
  • 3 Starbucks lobby operations


  • Complete A/V production capabilities

Business Services:

  • Full-service FedEx/Kinko's business center on-site providing fax, copying, express mail, packaging and printing

Lobby Services:

  • ATM
  • Concierge, restaurant information and reservations
  • Uniformed, white-gloved doormen
  • Courtesy phones for local calls
  • Fiber connectivity


  • Ticketing services available with permanent and portable box offices
  • Building in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act

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