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The perfect balance of beauty and business

San Diego Convention Center

Come for the convention, stay for the vacation

Known for incredible panoramic views of San Diego Bay and five-star service, the San Diego Convention Center is a meeting planner's dream. For starters, the building is in a vibrant downtown setting within a mile and a half of more than 11,000 first-class hotel rooms, including four headquarter hotels, and 10 minutes from the airport. Your attendees will be within easy walking distance of an array of restaurants, retail stores and world-class entertainment. Nearby is the historic Gaslamp Quarter, Seaport Village, Horton Plaza, the USS Midway Museum and Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres. And when something is not close by, getting around town is easy with the San Diego Trolley, the city's light-rail public transit system that conveniently connects downtown to other parts of the city. And, of course, San Diego's great weather and upbeat, positive vibe can't be beat.

Facility Highlights

  • 525,701 sq. ft. of contiguous exhibit space, divisible into seven halls
  • 90,000 sq. ft. Sails Pavilion, column-free, glass-enclosed with an industry standard trade show floor
  • 72 meeting rooms totaling 204,114 sq. ft., including two 40,000 sq. ft. ballrooms
  • 284,494 sq. ft. of pre-function, lobby and registration area
  • 184,514 sq. ft. of outdoor terrace space perfect for soaking in San Diego's year round sunshine
  • LEED Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council

Ready to book or just want to know more? The San Diego Tourism Authority is your first point of contact toward planning a successful event. 

If you are planning a short term event within the next 18 months, please contact Convention Center Short Term Sales.  For longer term event planning, meet the team, call us at 877.973.6338, email us at or complete a convenient online RFP form.  

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Expansion - Future Development

A Phase III expansion of the San Diego Convention Center is being developed. Highlights include adding 225,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space, a new 80,000 sq. ft. ballroom and a 5-acre waterfront park.

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