San Diego Comic-Con Only Selling Single Day Passes for 2014

Published 1 year ago by , Updated February 6th, 2014 at 10:15 am,

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San Diego Comic-Con is undoubtedly the chief destination for nerds and pop culture fiends the world over, but the spectacle and the crowds can also scare people off. Add to that the limited number of badges that are issued and the quickness with which they are snapped up and, despite the appeal of seeing what feels like the entire comic, film, game, toy, and TV industry gathered under one roof, SDCC can sometimes feel exclusionary. This year, however, things are going to be a little bit different, though we’re not sure if they’re going to be better.

Comic-Con International has announced that they are discontinuing the use of four day badges for the San Diego Comic-Con, releasing only single day passes for Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Preview Night badges (Wednesday) will be available for purchase to those who purchase one of the single day badges.

So, why the change? Here’s a snippet from the Comic-Con International blog.

The decision to move from a 4-Day badge option to single day badge options was to give each attendee more flexibility when purchasing. Since we no longer offer a discount for purchasing all four days, the 4-Day option was repetitive and often lead to people purchasing a 4-Day badge despite not needing to attend every day. We hope this change will allow attendees to purchase only the days they truly need and maximize the number of people who can get a badge to attend Comic-Con.

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From their perspective, it’s easy to see why CCI would want to bring more people into the event and it’ll surely give business owners in the area an even larger influx of cash and a bit of reassurance following the recent approval of the $520 million dollar expansion of the convention center and the Hilton Bayfront Hotel.

For those who were already put off by the size of San Diego Comic-Con, though, this may not sound like good news. Traditionally, it seems like the Con’s biggest days (in terms of programming) are usually Friday and Saturday, with Thursday and Sunday standing out as an oasis that allows fans to more comfortably walk the floor, see the sights, and not worry as much about waiting in line for half the day in the hopes of seeing the biggest panels.

With this plan now in place, perhaps that oasis will turn into a mirage.


San Diego Comic-Con 2014 will take place between July 24-27

Source: THR, Comic-Con, NBC

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  1. this is good, if you really want to get in, you will

    • Yes and no. The con is so big these days (even when compared to 2010s standards), requirements vary from year to year. If you’re not connected to the creators of your favorite fiction or merchandise via Twitter, Tumblr, or other online means of communication, you stand a good chance of missing out on stuff. If we’re talking big panels, camping out is a must, but if you can hack it then you should be okay. On the other hand, if you’re going to the con in part to buy an SDCC exclusive item, that’s not set in stone. My wife missed out on a couple of items because people sprinted through the doors once they were open, and some very resourceful friends of mine had difficulty picking up a few things from the We Love Fine booth.

      • I can’t imagine camping out for 12+ hours to watch people sit at a table and talk. I mean, if it’s that bad just sell tickets to each panel in some online capacity so you can get seats reserved, and then they don’t have to do that giant “Walker Herd” of people just sitting around, not showering – but more importantly NOT BUYING ANYTHING.

        I worked SDCC this past year, and had a good amount of time to walk the floor, and I just enjoyed being there and seeing the sights, I wasn’t about to wait in line for anything though, I can’t fathom that.

        • that would be great, however it is impossible to implement in practice. it would take like an hour to shuffle ppl around in big rooms like Hall H, or Ballroom 20, we are talking about 6000 people going out and coming in.
          However if it ever gets implemented somehow I’d love to have this reservation system a bit more customized, like for example that you cannot reserve seats for everything, you have to like highlight lets say 3 panels that you can have a seat, the rest you can be on the wait list in case it doesnt fill up, so that people actually go in for what they are there for, and also even out the chances of ppl getting in

  2. This is not good! How about the people that come from far away? Who wants to travel hundreds or thousands of miles for just one day!? I purchased a member id over a year ago and tried to purchase the 4 day pass with preview night last year to no avail. I have a feeling they are going to get an angry email from me demanding a refund on my member id. $60 down the crapper for nothing! Stay Classy San Diego Jerks!!!

    • If you paid $60 for a member Id, that was definitely $60 for nothing. Comic con does not charge for member ids, that should be free.

      • Something from the registration process when I signed up charged me. Now that really makes me mad.

    • (shrugs)
      sucks to be you?

  3. People get the 4 day passes because the schedule is published 2 weeks before the actual event! How can you plan which day you want to attend when you don’t know when an event/panel is going to take place?

    What’s to prevent someone from taking 4 single passes instead of a 4 day pass?

    I know it’s hard or darn right impossible to get the schedule out earlier, but if you fix this problem, you’ll have less people gaming the system, and more people attending.

  4. One day i will go!!!

  5. I went to the SDCC from 1990 to 2008. It used to be a lot of fun. Now, it has become so big that you cannot move around the show floor, get into the Hall H presentations, or meet the people you want to meet. Well, you can do those things, it is just more difficult and sucks the fun out of the event.

  6. Thats seems better now more people will
    Be able to attend. Wjen I heard from someone comic-con gets sold out over the last years. I thought that sucks for ethose who want to attend an amazing event, and have to wait the following year to try and get tickets. I have gone since 06 first time i went was in 04. I would like to go this year because of all the good movies coming out next year . I think this comic con will be the best one from all the past ones

  7. Sorry for the bad grammar, spelling. My phones keypad is tiny and ethe indicator
    is off for some reason

  8. Just so everyone knows…..

    In addition to the elimination of the four-day badge, the cost of attendance has gone up from 2013. Single-day badges for adults cost $35 for Preview Night, $45 for Thursday-Saturday badges (up from $42) and $30 for Sunday (up from $24). The cost of attending all four days and Preview Night in 2014 is $200, up from last year’s four-day badge plus Preview Night, which cost $175. U.S. military, seniors and minors pay a discounted price, and children under the age of 12 can get in free with a paying adult.

    I can see how this might be a good thing except for all but the most die-hard who just have to go all 4 days. So if you normally only attend 2 days your price is now cut in half.

  9. I know you guys at screenrant will probably love this, probably less crowding and people screwin around.

  10. The article is incorrect.

    “Preview Night badges (Wednesday) will be available for purchase to those who purchase one of the single day badges”

    This is NOT true. You can only purchase a preview night badge if you purchase ALL 4 single day badges. You will want to correct this ASAP.

  11. SDCC became way too crowded a long time ago. I prefer one of the smaller con’s these days. They are all over the states. Good times.

  12. Coming from Australia for only one day just doesn’t appeal. :( I hope it works for others though.

  13. Sticking to Salt Lake Comic Con. Had a blast last year!

    Bought 2 multi passes for 3 days that came with 2 free Thursday passes. Totaled $105.00 bucks for all. Easy to park and get in.

    Can’t wait to see the Star Trek Next Gen reunion.

  14. Wow, that just sucks for SDCC fans. No discounts for multiple days, only selling one day at a time. It seems to me that the SDCC managers just cannot handle it anymore. I cannot believe the people running the SDCC would post events only 2 weeks in advance like the one poster had said. If it is true, those SDCC people are just sticking it to there customer base.

    I am sticking to Dragon*Con in Atlanta, GA. It takes all of downtown Atlanta each labor day weekend. I prepaid my 4 day badge for $60. Dragon*Con starts posting events months before, if someone or something cancels they post it as well.

    • They post the schedule so late because the companies that buy space for the panels don’t confirm schedules for their bigger named celebrities until the last minute. It’s all based on travel and flights and all of that, they can’t guarantee someone is going to be there for a panel, and when they did, and someone didn’t make it, it was an even bigger outrage. It was a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” kind of situation.

  15. Me and my 2 kids went to Chicago Comic Con on 4-day passes in 2013. We had a great time, but were really kind of bored after the 2nd day. There were a few good panels, and we paid for a few autographs, but the floor was mainly 40% comic re-sales, 40% memorabilia and marketing stuff, and 20% ‘other’. Although the ‘artist alley’ was pretty cool.

    Anyway, it seems like the price I paid for Chicago was higher than what was listed for SDCC, so I wouldn’t complain too much about the new 2013 prices you’re getting; it could be worse.

    I heard from a friend who lives in San Diego that the SDCC always sells out within 24 after the next years tickets are posted. Any truth to that rumor??

  16. Comic Con is great. I love all the sights and sounds. A truly unique experience.

  17. Check out the $909 Hilton Bayfront Hotel rate PER DAY as of today,April 14th 2014.

    Can you say GOUGING? Marriott was the same a day or ago, but now is about $670 a day.

    HUIGE RIP OFF. The city of San Diego should be ashamed of themselves for allowing that.

  18. The city of San Diego should be ashamed of themselves for allowing Hotels to GOUGE their potential customers. The Hilton Bayfront as of today, April 14th, 2014, is asking almost $1,000 ($909) a night for rooms. Sorry guys, but The Four Seasons you are not and never will be. The Marriott Marquis and Marina was $909 a day or so ago and is now $670 which is still nuts considering the typical rate in July is about $200 a night. Both chains are a disgrace.