Tickets for San Diego Comic Con Go on Sale This Weekend - Here's What You Need to Know

Friday, 19 February 2016 - 11:57AM
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Friday, 19 February 2016 - 11:57AM
Tickets for San Diego Comic Con Go on Sale This Weekend - Here's What You Need to Know
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San Diego Comic Con is the biggest weekend in the geek calendar, with huge movie announcements, exclusive footage and a chance to meet some of pop culture's biggest stars, it's a major bucket list item for fans of everything from Marvel to Doctor Who and beyond. Such is San Diego Comic Con's stature in the pop culture world, it's not only the biggest event in the calendar, it's also one of the hardest to score tickets for. SDCC's open ticket registration commences this Saturday, and for many folks, it's one of the most stressful times of the year as hundreds of thousands of people jump online in an attempt to win the geek lottery.

And a lottery it is, because it's previously been suggested that as many as 900,000, yes 900,000! people enter San Diego Comic Con's open registration period, during which there are less than 60,000 tickets available. With those numbers in mind, it's not hard to see why social media fills up with the cries of thousands of angry and disappointed fans. But if you're willing to put yourself through the torture, here's handy guide to this weekend's white knuckle ride of a web session.

When Does Open Registration Start?

That's an easy one. Open registration starts at 9am PST or 12pm EST this Saturday, February 20, 2016. The pages for open registration go live around an hour prior to the event itself at approximately 8am PST (11am ET). At this time, you'll be able to enter your registration codes, authorize your computer and generally get yourself ready to rumble.
Important point: Preference is not given to those who arrive in the lobby first, so there's no need to rush in at 8am, and instead you just need to ensure you've entered all your info before the 9am kick off.

What Do I Need To Buy Tickets?

Here's where a few of you might fall off. The two key things you need to purchase SDCC tickets are a Registration Code and a Member ID. Unfortunately, the deadline for setting up a Member ID has passed, and there's no getting a Registration Code without one. So, if you don't have a Comic Con Member ID at this point, you are unfortunately going to have to wait until next year.

The other important item you'll need, is money...

How Much Do Tickets Cost?

For many money isn't an issue when it comes to securing tickets for Comic Con, but you should still no what you're dealing with. The big change to previous years is that there will no longer be 4 day tickets, so if you're hoping to go the distance, you'll need to buy individual tickets for each day.

Wednesday (Preview Night): Adults $40, Juniors (12-17) $20

Thursday: Adults $55, Juniors (12-17) $27

Friday: Adults $55, Juniors (12-17) $27

Saturday: Adults $55, Juniors (12-17) $27

Sunday: Adults $40, Juniors (12-17) $20

(Children under the age of 12 are able to attend for free when accompanied by a paying adult)

What's The Process?

So you've got your registration details entered and you're ready to roll. Shortly after 9am PST, SDCC's computers will start to randomly push people through to the ticket selection phase. It's important to note that, because of the massive numbers involved, very few people actually make it out of the lobby to the ticket purchase phase. 

Whatever you do, DON'T hit the refresh button while you're waiting to be moved through

Just because you don't get moved through to the ticket selection phase right away, it doesn't mean you're out of the running. You can be moved through to the next phase at any time, after which point you'll have just 15 minutes to stop punching the air and actually purchase your tickets.

I Made It Through. How Can I Pay?

If you're lucky enough to get through to the payment process, it's important to not fall at the last hurdle with a payment type that's not accepted. Comic-Con accepts Visa, American Express, and MasterCard only, so put your Bitcoins and Paypal accounts away.

Can I Buy Tickets For A Friends?

If you made it through to ticket selection, but your buddies didn't, don't worry. So long as your friends have a valid Member ID and there are enough tickets available, you'll be able to buy their tickets too. If your friends didn't get around to creating a Member ID, they're out of the running. You can buy tickets for a maximum of three eligible friends, so including you, that's four Member IDs in total.

Banding together in a group is a great way to maximize your chances of getting tickets, just be sure to have all the Member ID's of your group at hand before you log on.

When's The Big Weekend?

You got tickets? Sweet! Now it's time to start planning. San Diego Comic Con opens with Preview Night on July 20th and runs until Sunday 24th July 2016.

For a detailed, visual guide to the registration process, check out Comic Con International's video guide below:

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