SDCC 2019 Pedestrian-Only Road Closures

by Transmute Jun

While there were many changes for San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) 2018, the one that had the biggest impact on attendees overall was the closure of Harbor Blvd. in front of the Convention Center, restricting it to pedestrians only. This allowed attendees to have a much easier time crossing the street, as well as to spread out a bit more when moving outside of the convention center itself. Many attendees requested that this closure return in future years at the SDCC 2018 Talkback session. CCI’s official response was that they liked the closure as well, but that the negative impact and inconvenience to local residents and merchants had yet to be determined.

Fortunately, those issues appear to have been resolved, because once again for SDCC 2019 (to be held July 18-21, with Preview Night on July 17), Harbor Blvd. will be closed to pedestrians only, between First Ave. and Park Blvd. Note that only pedestrians are allowed. All vehicles, including cars, bicycles, skateboards, scooters and shared mobility devices will be prevented from entering the area, so attendees should plan accordingly. Additionally, only badges attendees will be allowed into the restricted area. A SDCC badge or confirmed badge registration will be required to approach the Convention Center.

The road closures will be in effect on the following days and times:

  • Wednesday, July 17 from 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Thursday, July 18 from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM
  • Friday, July 19 from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM
  • Saturday, July 20 from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM
  • Sunday, July 21 from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Note that some (but not all) of the official CCI shuttles will be allowed into the restricted area. A map of the shuttle pickup and dropoff locations can be found here.

What do you think about the closure of Harbor Blvd. for SDCC 2019? Join the conversation on FoCC!

Transmute Jun

Transmute Jun has an addiction to pop culture conventions, and attends as many as she can each year. When she's not traveling, she likes to stay at home reading a good book, playing a video game, or binge-watching a TV show. She can be bribed with pizza, Coke Zero and Belgian milk chocolate.