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#09: Your Complete Guide to the New Marriott Facility

Comic-Con 2016 Toucan Tip of the Day

One of the big changes for this year’s Comic-Con International is the new facility at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, our headquarters hotel right next to the Hall A side of the San Diego Convention Center. Longtime Comic-Con attendees will remember the old Marriott Hall facility as home for a number of Comic-Con event staples. That building has been torn down and replaced with a brand new 2-story facility, adjacent to the hotel’s North Tower, which contains 2 massive ballrooms: the Pacific Ballroom on the first (street) level, and the Marriott Grand Ballroom, which is on the second level, connecting to the hotel lobby. Comic-Con will be utilizing a great deal of space in this new addition. Here’s a breakdown of where everything will be located; see the maps below for exact locations. Please check onsite signage for lines and how to enter individual areas.

Comic-Con 2016 Marriott Marquis Hotel Map

The Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina hotel is located next to the Hall A side of the San Diego Convention Center. The new facility is adjacent to the North Tower of the hotel and can be accessed from both the hotel's lobby and Harbor Drive. Click the image for a larger view.

Comic-Con 2016 Marriott Marquis Pacific Ballroom Map

The Pacific Ballroom is located on the lower level of the new Marriott Marquis facility, adjacent to the North Tower. Click on the image for a larger view.

PACIFIC BALLROOM (First Level • Street Level)
Attendee Registration Area and International Badge Pick-Up (Pacific Ballrooms 14–19)

The Attendee Registration Area is where you pick up your badge if you did not receive it in advance. Be sure to bring your barcode confirmation email and picture ID to pick up your badge. The name on this confirmation must match your photo ID. All international attendees will be sent a barcode confirmation email in early July. This is also where you can pick-up Child Badges. You may register a child (12 and under) onsite for free if accompanied by a paid adult.

The Attendee Registration Area will be open:
  • Wednesday, July 20: 3:00–8:30 PM
  • Thursday, July 21, Friday, July 22, and Saturday, July 23: 8:30 AM–6:00 PM
  • Sunday, July 24: 8:30 AM–4:00 PM

For more info on Badge Pick-up, please click here.

Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival • CCI-IFF (Pacific Ballroom 23)

The Film Festival returns to its “ancestral home” at the Marriott with 4 great days of screenings and programs. Click here for more info, including the preliminary schedule!

Comic-Con Merch T-shirt Sales and Pick-up (Pacific Ballroom 26)

Pick up your pre-ordered T-shirts at the Comic-Con Merch store. Pre-orders end July 6! Click here to pre-order this year’s shirts and merchandise.

Fan Culture Programs Room (Pacific Ballroom 24)

Our Fan Culture track of programming moves to the Marriott with 4 great days of programs geared to the geek lifestyle. Watch for the complete Programming schedule, coming soon on this website, and look for the Fan Culture room on our Programming Grids in the 2016 Quick Guide.

Volunteer Registration (Pacific Ballroom 21)

If you’re a registered Volunteer for Comic-Con 2016, this is where you go to pick up your badges and get your assignments.

Volunteer Registration will be open:
  • Wednesday, July 20: 10:00 AM–9:00 PM
  • Thursday, July 21, Friday, July 22, and Saturday, July 23: 7:00 AM–7:00 PM         
  • Sunday, July 24: 7:00 AM–5:00 PM


Comic-Con 2016 Marriott Marquis Marriott Grand Ballroom

The Marriott Grand Ballroom is located on the upper (lobby) level of the new facility, adjacent to the North Tower of the hotel. Click on the image for a larger view.

MARRIOTT GRAND BALLROOM (Second Level • Lobby Level)
Anime Rooms (Grand Ballrooms 1, 2, 3, and 4)

Anime moves out of the Convention Center and gains a brand new room! That’s right … there will be 4 big tracks of weekend-long Anime screenings at Comic-Con 2016! The Anime rooms are located on the upper level of the new Marriott Marquis facility, in Ballrooms 1, 2, 3, and 4. Check out these great screenings and pick up a copy of the Comic-Con 2016 Anime Guide, which lists complete synopses of all the films plus the schedule (the schedule itself, featuring times and titles, is also available in the Events Guide and the Quick Guide). The Anime Guide is available only in the Anime rooms.

Playback Room (Grand Ballrooms 5–6)

The Playback Room moves into the new Marriott Marquis facility. This will be the third big year for this “technological breakthrough,” where we rebroadcast some of the bigger panels of the day from Hall H and Ballroom 20, minus some of the top secret footage shown on the screens. If you don’t feel like standing in line for either of those rooms—or you just plain couldn’t get in—this is the perfect, calm, peaceful way to see some of these events. A complete schedule of the Playback Room will appear in the Comic-Con 2016 Quick Guide, as part of the Program Schedule Grids.

MARINA BALLROOM (South Tower • Level 3)

Comic-Con will be utilizing additional space in the Marriott Marquis’ Marina Ballroom, located in the South Tower on Level 3, which will once again be the home to Film screenings, Games, and the Hospitality Suite.

  • Marina D: Films
  • Marina E-F: Games
  • Marina G: Hospitality Suite


Comic Creator Connection: Santa Rosa Room

Comic Creator Connection returns to the Santa Rosa Room (lower level, South Tower, adjacent to Hall A in the San Diego Convention Center) on Friday and Sunday. For more info on the CCC, please click here.

Nintendo Gaming Lounge: San Diego Ballroom (North Tower)

Nintendo returns to the San Diego Ballroom on the lobby level of the North Tower with their gaming lounge.

Check the Quick Guide and the Events Guide and onsite signage on how to get to the new Marriott Facility and into these great new rooms!

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