Denver Comic Con is fast approaching, which means it's time to pull a Batman and come up with a plan. Unlike Batman, you won't have to spend hours in a dimly lit cave researching all the info you need (unless that's your thing). Instead, we'll be your Alfred and provide you with all the information you need for the three days of fandom taking over the Colorado Convention Center June 30-July 2.
BADGE PICK-UP & ENTRANCES
For those that did not receive their badge in the mail, you'll have a few options to pick-up your badge before or during the event. For early pick-up, the Convention Center will be open from 9am-6pm on Thursday, June 29 for attendees to pick-up their badges at Entry #2. Entrances have changed up a little since last year so make sure when you get to the event that you're standing in the right line when you arrive (check out the Entrance Map in the slideshow above). Be sure the line you're in leads to the entrance fit for your situation:
Entry #1 — Main Entry
(west side by Champa St. & Speer Blvd.)
—For single day or three day badge holders
Entry #2 — Registration, Will Call, ADA & Speed Passes
(east side along Welton St. between 14th & 13th St.)
—Early badge pick-up: Thurs. 6/29 @ 9am - 6 pm
—Speed Pass holders
—Convert e-ticket to a badge @ Registration desks
—Add an ADA sticker to a badge @ ADA Visitor desks
—Pick up badges at Will Call
Entry #3 — Non-Attendees
(south side by Welton St. & 12th St.)
—Volunteers: 6:30 am - 2 pm (No badge required)
—Exhibitors: 8 am - 2 pm (Badge required)
—Panelists/Presenter: 8 am - 2 pm (Badge required)
—Authorized early con entry: 8 am - 2 pm (Badge required)
—Media: 8 am - 2 pm (Badge required)
Once at the event, there will be plenty of DCC staff around the Convention Center to help answer any questions and point you in the right direction. Don't be afraid to ask for help or download the DCC App for more details (iPhone // Android).
There are plenty of eating options inside the Colorado Convention Center for anyone looking for a quick bite between panels or in serious need of some immediate fuel. Outside the Convention Center, the City of Denver offers plenty of eateries and options for those with a rumble in their tummy. Keep in mind, you're not the only one who needs to eat, so give yourself plenty of time, plan ahead and expect a wait wherever you go.
Remember to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water throughout the day. You will be doing a lot of walking and the center will be fairly crowded, so make sure you take care of yourself. Check out more eating options here.
The Colorado Convention Center has onsite, covered parking available between the Convention Center and Denver Performing Art's Complex with an entrance on the corner of Speer Blvd and Champ St. There are a variety of other lots and garages within walking distance of the Convention Center as well remember to always double check signs and make sure the timeframe for the lot, spot or meter works with your time at the con. Additional information on parking can be found here.
Many hotels in the area are at capacity, so make sure you book your room sooner rather than later.There are hotel options available at the bottom of our Colorado Convention Center page. If you're looking for something outside of Downtown Denver, check out the next section on Public Transit to know the best ways to get to the Convention Center.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION & RIDE SHARING
Denver is a fairly easy city to get around in. From buses to bikes, light rails to shuttles, there are plenty of ways to get around the city. Visit Denver's Regional Transportation District's (RTD) website for directions, trip planning and fare information or this Colorado Contention Center page for directions and transit info.
Ride sharing services and taxies are also available in Denver. Denver Comic Con is running a promotion with LYFT offering new riders $5 off their first three rides, Existing user and use the promo DCC20OFF for 20% one ride to or from the convention. More details on the promotion are available here.
OTHER THINGS TO KNOW
Here's some other bits of knowledge taken from the Denver Comic Con's FAQ page:
—Backpacks are allowed
—There are ATMs throughout the Convention Center
—Check out this link for info on cosplay and prop policies, prohibited items and more.
—A lost and found is available at the security desk in the Lower B Lobby
—You can bring snack and non-alcoholic drinks, but nothing in large groups (don't order food to be delivered at the convention)
—Children under 12 cannot be left unattended. You're also advised not to leave any children unattended or along at the convention.
—Strollers and wagons are allowed for children (keep in mind there will be thousands of attendees at the event, so you're encouraged to leave your larger strollers and wagons at home)