Comic-Con return badges sell out, fans vent

Posted at 10:05 AM, Mar 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-11 13:12:57-05

SAN DIEGO - Like clockwork, badges for fans hoping to return to San Diego Comic-Con sold out in an hour Saturday morning.

Hopeful attendees logged into the convention's online waiting room Saturday morning, with hopes of being chosen through the system's lottery system to purchase badges.

But, of course, badges went like hotcakes.

The online waiting room opened to users who attended Comic-Con last year at 8 a.m. and the lottery system began at 9 a.m. All available badge options were sold out by 10 a.m. Some users expressed frustration making their way into the purchasing queue, only to find there were no tickets left.

The process for badge sales to the annual convention has traditionally frustrated fans interested in attending. And like years past, users lit up Twitter with their frustrations.

The date for when Comic-Con badges will go on sale to everyone - whether returning or not - is scheduled to take place in early- to mid-Apil. However, many years see those supplies sell out quickly as well.

Last year, badges to attend the event sold out within an hour when open registration was held. Prior to 2016's open registration, thousands of badges had already been sold during pre-registration in November 2015.

An estimated 135,000 people attend event at the San Diego Convention Center every year - plus thousands of others who attend free events stationed throughout downtown, Petco Park and the Gaslamp District.
SDCC is contracted to return to San Diego through 2018. Recently, discussions on how to expand the convention center have drawn concern from attendees and organizers alike, hoping to continue holding the event in town but requiring more space to accommodate increasing demand.
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