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SDCC Open Online Registration Set for Spring

Convention Center Tents Tomorrow is the big day: Preregistration will take place at 9AM PT, and thousands of hopeful attendees will be vying for fewer spots than there are attendees. However, the important thing to remember is that if you don’t walk away victorious tomorrow, or if you’ve been watching from afar and waiting impatiently for your turn to try to attend Comic-Con for the first time, there’s always Open Online Registration. Which, thanks to an update from CCI, we now know will take place in “spring”.

From Comic-Con’s “Purchase Badges” page, CCI updated with the following information:

Badges will go on sale to the general public sometime in spring 2014.
This is called “Open Online Regsitration.” To participate in Open Online Registration, you must have a Comic-Con Member ID. A Member ID is free and and available to all adult and junior (ages 13 to 17) attendees with a valid and unique email address. Children (age 12 and under) may not register for a Comic-Con Member ID. For more information, please visit our Comic-Con Member ID page.

Spring officially kicks off with the March Equinox on March 20 this year, but that could be a relative term – to most, spring begins as soon as the snow is off the ground and it’s no longer below freezing in the northern hemisphere. However, this does tell us that the Open Online Registration is unlikely to take place in February.

With news of ACE Parking’s sale tentatively planned for mid-May, this puts that sale roughly three weeks behind last year’s schedule. Open Online Registration was held on February 17 in 2013, so could we be looking at online registration around the first or second weekend in March?

This also likely means that hotel sales, which historically have taken place after Open Registration, will be pushed back to mid-or-late March, if not further. Last year’s sale took place on February 28, 2013, and this all but guarantees this year’s hotel lottery won’t have the same timetable this year.

The good news is that spring is right around the corner, so those shut out during tomorrow’s sale, or who can only get a few day passes, won’t have to wait too long to have their second chance to snag their perfect combination of badges to the convention.

How do you feel about this news? Let us know in the comments.

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