006: Hall H, Toucan Tracker Wristbands, and Guidelines
Being at the front of the line is always exciting, especially for Hall H, but keep in mind that there are certain guidelines to comply with.
Comic-Con discourages any advanced line-ups in the Plaza Park adjacent to Hall H, but if you do happen to find yourself in one for an extended period of time please adhere to the following rules and guidelines:
For safety reasons we can not allow anyone to line up in Park Plaza until all tents, canopies, stanchions, and more are completed at the Park. This includes all adjacent areas to the Park as well. There is to be absolutely no waiting nearby for the work to be completed. We estimate that all work and setup will be completed by Tuesday, July 19, however this timeframe is not guaranteed.
As this is a safety issue, we’ve been warned that anyone waiting in the work area before it is completed will be asked to leave regardless of time of arrival or length of time they’ve been waiting.
In an effort to accommodate as many people as possible with the least amount of impact for all, please follow the rules below:
- Camping is not allowed.
- Absolutely no tents, canopies, inflatables, cots, beds, furniture, oversized coolers, space heaters, large fans, large umbrellas, chaise lounges, open flames, or anything of a similar nature of any kind as determined by the San Diego Convention Center.
- You are permitted to have one chair per person of relatively normal size. You may also use a blanket or sleeping bag, provided it is only taking up the space of one person.
- You cannot leave unattended personal items (chairs, sleeping bags, umbrellas, etc.) as a placeholder in line. Someone must be present at all times. You can hold space for no more than 5 people.
No facilities or services will be available in Plaza Park, so plan accordingly.
Restroom access will be available in Lobby G of the Convention Center from 9:00 PM to 7:00 AM each night starting Tuesday, July 19. No other access to facilities will be available.
Please be kind and respect the grounds by disposing of trash in the appropriate receptacles. Please do not leave any trash or waste behind.
Toucan Tracker Wristbands for Hall H Return!
As in previous years we will once again be utilizing Toucan Tracker wristbands for Hall H, which will be given out the night before. Please check the Quick Guide publication for information on how to get them and where to line up. Make sure you pick up a copy of the Quick Guide when you get your bag, books, and lanyard in the Sails Pavilion when you arrive at Comic-Con! If you received your badge in the mail, you do not need to go through badge pick-up to get your bag, books, and lanyard. Instead, enter the Badged Member Bags, Books, and Lanyards line from the Ballroom 20 Lobby via Lobby E or the Lobby G escalator.
Toucan Tracker wristbands allow attendees flexibility based upon their priorities at Comic-Con. If you wish to get a front section seat in Hall H, you are welcome to wait in line overnight once you receive your wristband. If seat placement is not a priority to you, wristbands allow you to reserve general seating in Hall H and come back in the morning. These wristbands are essentially a way for you to know that you have a seat in Hall H, whether you are physically in line or not!
How Do Wristbands Work?
Wristbands for Hall H will be given out the night before for the next day’s Hall H first seating. For example, Saturday morning’s wristbands will be given out on Friday night.
After verifying your badge, Line Staff will hand you a wristband, which you will need to securely attach to your wrist, and then you will present your badge for scanning by staff prior to leaving the line. The scanning staff will verify that your wristband is attached securely and then scan your badge for the next morning’s first seating of Hall H. When you enter Hall H the following morning, you will need to show your wristband and scan your badge.
Once you receive your wristband, you have three options:
- You may leave, get a good night’s rest, and return to the end of the wristbanded line before 7:30 AM. Please keep in mind that you must be there before 7:30 AM.
- You may leave someone to hold your place in line and return before 7:30 AM to meet them. You will be allowed to join them in line as long as you have your matching wristband. Please keep in mind that the line is grouped in color “zones.” If your group wishes to enter together, all members of your group will need to get wristbands at the same time, so plan accordingly.
- You may immediately line up for the following day’s first panel in Hall H.
If you decide to leave the line at any point, you may return to the end of the wristbanded line prior to 7:30 AM and still gain entry to the first panel of the day in Hall H. You do not need to wait overnight! If you return after 7:30 AM, you will have to go to the end of the Hall H line and may not receive first seating.
Note: You cannot leave unattended personal items (chairs, sleeping bags, clothing, etc.) as your placeholder in line. Someone must be present at all times. You can hold space for up to 5 people.
And Where Do You Get These Amazing Wristbands?
Toucan Tracker wristbands will be distributed at the front of the Next Day Line for Hall H. Distribution times vary each day. Please see the map above for the location of the Next Day Line (near the green flag).
To receive a wristband you will need your Comic-Con 2022 badge or barcode confirmation. Please note that IDs will be cross-checked, so the name on your photo ID must match the barcode confirmation.
Wednesday, July 20: Wristband distribution for Thursday panels in Hall H will begin at 8:00 PM in the general Hall H line in Plaza Park.
Thursday, July 21: Wristband distribution for Friday panels in Hall H will begin at 7:15 PM at the front of the Next Day Line.
Friday, July 22: Wristband distribution for Saturday panels in Hall H will begin at 9:15 PM at the front of the Next Day Line.
Saturday, July 23: Wristband distribution for Sunday panels in Hall H will begin at 9:15 PM at the front of the Next Day Line.
Please Note: Wristband distribution will continue throughout the night until all wristbands are distributed or until 7:30 AM the following day.
Remember, you do not need to wait in line overnight to receive first seating. Your wristband ensures first seating for the first panel of the day in Hall H. You are welcome to have someone hold your place in line or simply return to the end of the wristbanded line prior to 7:30 AM.
Wristbands will only be used for the first panel of the day in Hall H. Once the wristband line has been let into the hall, individuals without wristbands will be allowed to enter.
Wristbands give you first seating and ensure that people are not cutting in line. Previously, you could be number 100 in line when you went to bed that evening and find yourself number 500 in line due to people in front of you holding spots for their friends. They also allow you to skip the overnight wait if seat placement is not a priority to you.
It shows our Line Management team, and you, that you are one of the people who will be admitted to Hall H for the first panel of the day. You will be able to estimate whether or not waiting in line is worth it to you, or if you should spend your valuable time elsewhere!
We're glad you asked! The disabled seating line will also have wristbands. All the same directions and procedures for Hall H will apply to the disabled seating line. The Next Day Line for disabled seating will form behind the current day’s line for disabled seating. Disabled seating wristbands will only be distributed to attendees with a disabled seating sticker and their attendant with a hangtag.
Wristbands do not hold your place in line. If you leave the line, make sure someone in your group remains to hold your spot or you will lose it. You must return to your group prior to 7:30 AM or you will be sent to the back of the entire Hall H line, even if you have a wristband.
While we do not recommend saving space in line, those in line for wristbands may save space for up to 5 people. Any additional people beyond those 5 will be asked to leave and join the end of the Next Day Line. You may not collect wristbands for members in your party who are not there in person. Any person wishing to receive a wristband must be there at the time of distribution.
Yes! As long as you return prior to 7:30 AM you will receive first seating. You will however, be at the end of the wristbanded line.
In order for your child to receive a wristband, they must be present with you when you get your wristband. Once they have a wristband, they may leave, and you can save their spot in line, but they must be present when you get your wristband.
If you don't have a wristband, it just means you’re not likely to get into the first panel of the day – that doesn't mean it's impossible, though! The great thing about wristbands is you can see exactly how far you are from the last attendee with a wristband and decide if you want to wait or not.
Wristbands are issued such that the wristband holder will have first seating for Hall H. We anticipate that all holders of wristbands will be able to get seating for Hall H if you follow the guidelines above. Comic-Con reserves the right to refuse entry to any person for any reason.
No. While we appreciate your willingness to share, we ask that you do not give away your wristbands to allow those who have spent the time waiting in line the chance to enter.
To keep things as fair as possible, wristbands will only be given to those people present in line, while supplies last. Anyone who comes later will have to go to the back of the line. One wristband per person.
The Next Day Line will be grouped into “color zones,” and corresponding color wristbands will be passed out for each zone. If your group is not together at the time of distribution, you may not receive the same color wristband, and will be barred from entering together as a group. For example, if you are near the front of the line and receive a red wristband, but your other friends farther back get blue wristbands, they will only be allowed to line up in the blue section and may not join you in the red section. Simply put, if you want your group to enter the hall together, make sure to stick together and get your wristbands at the same time.
You may hold a place for up to 5 wristband holders in line overnight, and they may return to meet you in the same spot before 7:30 AM as long as they have the correct color wristband for your group. Additional people beyond those 5 will be asked to rejoin at the end of the wristbanded line.
We want as many people to enjoy the panels as possible, so if everyone with wristbands has entered Hall H and there are still seats remaining, we will let you in!
We're always happy to answer any questions that you may think of! If you have additional questions before the event, feel free to send an email to email@example.com. Otherwise, just ask any of the Hall H Line Staff on-site in the light green shirts/vests.
The Fine Print
Wristbands are issued such that the wristband holder will have first seating for Hall H (barring any unforeseen circumstances). We anticipate that all holders of wristbands will be able to get seating for Hall H if you follow the guidelines above. Comic-Con reserves the right to refuse entry to any person for any reason.
Wristbands cannot be traded or sold. By receiving a wristband, you agree not to sell, trade, transfer or share your wristband. In the event that San Diego Comic Convention/Comic-Con International (SDCC) determines that you have violated this policy, SDCC has the right to cancel your badge(s) with no refund.
Comic-Con reserves the right to change any time or procedure for wristband distribution for any reason. Safety concerns, and requests from the Convention Center, fire marshal, police, city, or port may require we change these published plans.
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