San Diego Convention Center
The facility, offering 615,701 square feet of exhibit space and 204,114 square feet of meeting space, is located right on San Diego Bay in the center of the downtown area, offering near-panoramic views of the Pacific. With a team of staff working hard to serve your needs, you will find it to be the perfect place to set up your trade show booth.
What sets the San Diego Convention Center apart from the rest? Besides the stellar staff, it has won numerous awards and is within walking distance to four hotels. And speaking of walking, San Diego was named one of the Top 25 Most Walkable US Cities by the American Podiatric Medical Association. Let’s take a look what all these trade shows in San Diego have to offer.
It’s main draw is its location, only 10 minutes from the airport with stunning ocean views. How can you resist a waterfront view? This waterfront position holds a high level of significance – San Diego is a hub of international trade and business because of its location, so why wouldn’t you choose to exhibit at the San Diego Convention Center? What’s more, it’s also known for its tech-based industries representing fields like computer software, biotechnology, and telecommunications. If this is your industry, you need to get your booth to one of their shows!
The facility offers an ample amount of space, whatever your needs are. Over 500,000 square feet of their space for exhibitors is customizable, dividing into seven halls of different sizes to accommodate events of all sizes. Show off your exhibit design in the architecturally stunning Sails Pavilion, a 90,000 square foot glass-enclosed, column-free space that offers the best in lighting, cooling, and heating for an enjoyable exhibitor experience.
A selection of meeting rooms open out to terraces, allowing you to take in that gorgeous bay view. The meeting rooms are a treat to get to since they are accessible via glass corridors. Just like San Diego, its convention center incorporates the sun. Just because you are visiting the convention center, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy soaking in the rays like the tourists!
The staff will take care of you from the moment you sign on until the day you pack up your booth. They can help you with everything – booking conventions, reserving hotel room blocks, site visits, and even concierge services, to name a few. They want you to turn to them for any of your needs to make your experience a pleasant one.
Hungry? They offer a total of eight concession stands within the exhibit hall, as well as 2 full-service kitchens, a to-go service, and three Starbucks located throughout the facility. Rely on their catering service Centerplate to take care of the culinary side of things. How good are they? Centerplate was in charge of catering a total of nine Super Bowls, nine Presidential Inaugural Balls, and 25 World Series!
Need last-minute copies, but don’t have the time to locate the nearest office supply store? Just rely on their full-service FedEx Office business service. Whether you need promotional materials printed or an important document overnighted to your home office, you can do it here! Make copies, update graphics, and more, all right there in the convention center.
Another service offered is called Smart City, San Diego Convention Center’s telecommunication and technology service. Not only is it exclusive to the center itself, it is the largest provider of convention telecommunications and technology services in the US. Here, attendees and exhibitors are treated to high-speed Internet access in all areas of the facility. The gigabit backbone provides lightning fast speeds for even the most high-tech of events. Every last meeting room and exhibit hall can be networked with offices or hotel rooms to expand the event even further. Smart City can also create a customized system based on your needs!
Thinking about heading out to meet with a client somewhere away from the show floor? Ask for a recommendation from the concierge service. Not only will they provide you with a list of options, they can make reservations for you as well. Purchase tickets for various attractions throughout the city right here, obtain maps of the city, and even discount coupons for various businesses throughout San Diego, exclusively for convention center visitors.
Where To Eat
When you’re this close to the ocean, it’s only natural to get a hankering for seafood. When you get that seafood craving, there’s no better place to satisfy it than Donovan’s Prime Seafood. Their menu is full of seasonally available options from both local and distant shores. Don’t forget to go there for happy hour, each day from 4:00pm – 6:00pm, offering drink specials and complimentary appetizers to help you unwind after a long day in the booth.
Enjoy a little music with your dinner at Anthology, serving up delicious modern American fare. Whether you want an intimate gathering of colleagues or you plan on immersing yourself in the concert experience in a wide open area, Anthology delivers. The music is diverse as well, from rock to Latin, jazz to blues, you’ll find it here.
If you’re a fan of Mexican fare, check out Casa Guadalajara. It is one of the city’s most popular restaurants and was voted Best Mexican Restaurant by the readers of the San Diego Tribune as well as one of the top 50 in the US named by Hispanic Magazine. Their seafood dishes have won numerous blue ribbons at the Ensenada International Seafood Festival. It’s an experience to dine here, with fountains and gorgeous, sprawling trees outside and bright, interesting Mexican artwork inside. Troubadours and mariachis can treat you to the complete Mexican experience!
Things To Do
The ballpark can be a great place to butter up those potential clients, and PetCo Park, home of the San Diego Padres, is located only 0.4 miles from the San Diego Convention Center. If baseball isn’t your thing, get a bit of a history lesson at the USS Midway Museum, home of the 47-year old carrier that saw action in both World War II and Desert Storm.
Contact Flagship Cruises & Events to charter a sightseeing or whale watching tour with your favorite customers. You’ll sail the seas to see the sights on one of eleven of their vessels, whether one of their boats or luxurious yacht. They are experts in the waters of this area, in business since 1915. You don’t need to be a kid to enjoy the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, providing over 100 various exhibits, 314-seat IMAX Theater featuring the world’s first “NanoSeam” seamless dome screen, and seven hands-on galleries. For a more professional activity, hit the links at one of the areas numerous golf resorts. Most are at least 15 miles from the convention center, but the Riverwalk Golf Course is only 5.5 miles away.
Your attendees will love the location of the San Diego Convention Center and all that the area has to offer. Blazer Exhibits provide custom trade show exhibits, trade show rental booths and trade show displays for San Diego events.