SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A stretch of Harbor Drive is shutting down during this year's Comic-Con convention in downtown San Diego.
During the pop culture convention -- from Wednesday, July 18 through Sunday, July 22 -- Harbor Drive will be closed in both directions to vehicle traffic between First Ave. and Park Blvd.
In addition to vehicles, bikes, scooters and skateboards are prohibited on the specified stretch of Harbor Drive. Shuttle buses and emergency vehicles will be allowed to enter the road.
Harbor Drive closure dates and times (the road will reopen after the hours listed):
-- Wednesday, July 18: 3 p.m.-9 p.m.
-- Thursday, July 19: 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
-- Friday, July 20: 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
-- Saturday, July 21: 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
-- Sunday, July 22: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Because access to the front drive is shut down, anyone using rideshare services such as Uber or Lyft will need to be dropped off outside of the traffic zone.
Those planning to park at the Convention Center’s parking garage will be screened at First Ave., with a second screening location on Park Blvd.
Convention attendees or exhibitors with parking passes for the Ace Parking garage under the Convention Center will be allowed to proceed through; others will be asked to divert away from the Convention Center.
Officials said Comic-Con attendees with badges “may access the front drive, stairs and surrounding sidewalks” of the Convention Center.
Anyone needing to pick up badges will be allowed to enter the Convention Center’s Sails Pavilion to do so, provided proof of registration is shown. To enter the badge pick-up area, visitors will be directed to enter through Hall C’s lobby.
This year, with the new measures in place, those without Comic-Con badges will not be allowed to enter the front drive of the Convention Center to take photos or sight-see. Signs will be posted indicating the area is for badged members only.