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Ace Parking for San Diego Comic-Con 2024 Parking Details Announced

Badges and hotels are just one piece of the San Diego Comic-Con puzzle. But then comes figuring out how to actually get to and from the convention center.

Comic-Con International offers a free shuttle to area hotels, and the city has the MTS trolley and other public transportation options. But if you live nearby or are staying further away, parking is often crucial. Luckily, Ace Parking holds a sale every year for Comic-Con attendees.

Ace Parking has just announced that, as in previous years, parking space allocation this year will use a lottery-based system.

To register, you must complete an online form beginning Wednesday, May 8 at 10 a.m. PT. You can participate in the lottery until Sunday 9 June. You will also need to enter your credit card details, but your card will not be charged. However, Ace Parking does state that Ace will pre-authorize your card to ensure it is valid, in an effort to stop the sign-up spam that has plagued the process in previous years (this will still not cost charge your card, even temporarily). You can use the same credit card a maximum of twice when registering.

Lottery winners will be announced and divided into groups on Monday, June 10. The exact dates for the group sale are yet to be announced, with the target date for the first sale set for June 17.

After all groups have purchased, a general parking sale will take place (for everyone, even if you didn’t win the lottery).

The lots available in this year’s sale have not yet been listed, but appear to include at least Convention Center, Hilton Bayfront Garage, Padres Parkade, Diamond View Towers, Tailgate Park, Triangle and MTS.

Ace answered some frequently asked questions about how the lottery will be conducted:

Q: Which locations are included in this year’s sale?
A: Once completed, the locations participating in this year’s sale will be listed below.

Question: What is the link to the site where the permits are sold?
A: We release the link to the site where the permits are sold so that you can familiarize yourself with it and, if desired, set up an account in the system. The permits are sold through our reservation website at The link to the page where permits are sold in the system is Credit cards are not stored on the site and the site is fully PCI compliant.

Question: What are the opening hours of the lots?
A: Most lots open for drive-up activities at the times below. However, there may be instances where the lots only open to permit holders and do not open for drive-up sales until later in the morning. Each lot is different and ensures a balance between the reserved spaces and additional inventory.

Convention Center, Hilton Bayfront Garage, Padres Parkade, Diamond View Towers: 5:00 AM – 2:00 AM
Tailgate Park, Triangle, MTS: 5am – 2am

Q: What is the refund policy for Comic-Con parking reservations?
A: Refunds are available up to ten days before the start of Comic-Con. No refunds are available within ten days of the event. There will be a $10.00 refund fee for all valid refunds processed before the 10-day blackout period.

Question: What is the sticker number field in the user account configuration?
A: The sticker number field is intended for ACE Parking employees only and should be left blank.

Q: Do the lots offer parking for oversized vehicles?
A: No, vehicles over 5.5 meters will be turned away and will not be allowed to park, even with a valid permit. Sorry.

Question: Does my permit include entry and exit rights for that day?
A: No, in and out privileges are not allowed. When you leave the parking lot, your parking space will become available for another drive-up customer to park. Sorry.

Q: Do I need to create an account for the online system to purchase my permits?
A: Yes. During the checkout process you will be required to create an account. Your account enables system features such as the ability to print your permit in the future and associate all purchased permits with a single barcode that you can carry on your smart device for use on scanner-equipped lots. Your account will be available for future purchases for parking at next year’s Comic-Con and other events using the same barcode assigned to you, which will be replenished with future permit purchases as they are made.

Question: Can I purchase multiple permits per day with the system?
A: No. Each account is limited to one permit per day for Comic-Con. If you need to purchase more than one permit, you will need to set up multiple accounts.

Q: Is there any way to purchase Comic-Con permits other than online?
A: The only way you can purchase Comic-Con parking permits in advance from ACE Parking is through the online system. However, most lots included in the online sale and others not included will be available for drive-up on the day of the event. Drive-up availability is on a first-come, first-served basis for remaining seats not reserved online. The lots are expected to fill up quickly. If you plan on finding parking on the day of the event, get there early.

Q: Can cars be parked overnight? Or only during the opening hours of the event?
A: Overnight stays are not allowed. The lots close at 2am and reopen at 6am (the Convention Center opens at 5am). Close the lots so they can be prepared for the next day. Most lots are pre-sold at full capacity every day, so cars left on the lot after 2 a.m. will be towed at the owner’s expense.

Question: What should I do if I drive a different car on the day of the event?
A: You need to update the license plate saved in your account on the SpACE website.

Question: Can I make a copy of my permit and give it to my friend?
A: No. The permits are party specific and can only be redeemed once. If a copy is found, the vehicle will be ticketed. If you copied your permit and gave it to a friend, the second scanned permit is in conflict, which may be your car. The permits will be barcoded and party enforcement personnel will make the rounds to scan/redeem them.

Question: Parking for the disabled?
A: ADA spaces are first come, first served. The Convention Center and Hilton Bay Front are the best choices for ADA parking.

Question: Are there fees associated with the passes sold online?
A: Yes, a convenience fee will be charged per permit per day at checkout.

Q: Why am I charged a convenience fee?
A: Yes, we do our best to make pre-purchasing a parking space as easy as possible, so fans can reserve a parking space in advance online. The convenience fee covers the resources spent on making this option available. It includes web hosting, ticketing hardware, customer support, training, credit and debit card processing services, merchant fees, computer hardware and software, phone lines, labor and more.

Question: If I submit multiple entries from multiple email accounts that I own and one wins, can I purchase my permit using one of the emails I registered with or just the email I registered with? won?
A: Only the one who won. Your winning email address must be registered in the account you will use to purchase the permits. During the purchasing process, you must first log into your account and validate your email address. If there is no match, the option to purchase a permit is not available.

Question: Can I register for the draw with an email address for which I have not registered an account within the permit system?
A: Yes. Accounts in the licensing system are separate from the registration emails. If one of the email accounts you entered is selected to purchase a permit, you will have the option to create an account for that email address or update your existing account with that email address to to qualify for the purchase option.

Question: Can I buy a permit for several days or just one day?
A: When you access the system to purchase your permit, you can purchase permits for all five days of the show (preview night and four show days).

Question: Can I register for the lottery multiple times?
A: Yes, the system accepts two entries per valid credit card.