SDCC - the largest comics-cartoon/pop culture event in North America - annually draws close to a 130,000 attendees, who, in turn, spend millions of dollars at hotels and restaurants in San Diego during the 5-day convention.
However, the day before SDCC officially opens, the downtown core looks deserted.
Traffic is light at the Gaslamp Quarter entrance gate.
The popular outdoor patio at Gaslamp favorite Lou & Mickey's isn't crowded.
During SDCC, this intersection across from the convention center is IMPOSSIBLE to cross!!! (The Omni, with 511 guest rooms and suites, is on the left.)
(Gaslamp Quarter entrance gate/center, Omni/right)
(installing SDCC promotions outside of Nobu at the Hard Rock Hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter)
Within a few hours, the sidewalk at the entrance to the Omni - connected to PETCO Park and across from the convention center - will be crowded with attendees.
(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)