The Jet City Comic Show takes place in the Exhibition Hall on the 5th floor of the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center in downtown Tacoma.
The Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center
Tacoma, WA 98402
LOAD IN / LOAD OUT
Setup for the show is on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. Breakdown for the show begins at 5pm on Sunday, after the show is done.
Friday Load In Time: 2:00pm to 8:00pm
Saturday Load In Time: 6:00am to 9:45am
Loading Dock: The Convention Center has their loading docks on the 5th Level where there’s temporary parking for up to 40 vehicles. The entrance is on the back of the Convention Center on Market Street. Once you have your vehicle unloaded you must move it out of the loading area so we can fit the vehicles in waiting. Then setup your booth.
Lighter Loads (most specifically artist alley): If there isn’t a spot open in the loading bay there are other options, though it’s best for lighter loads and artist alley.
Parking Garage Lot A has a direct entrance to the 2nd Floor of the Convention Center and where there are some standard elevators to take you up to the Exhibition Hall on the 5th Floor – they are not freight elevators, and the Center staff may not allow you to use them with large/heavy comic book loads.
On Commerce Street in front of the Convention Center there’s a temporary pull out for unloading for the 1st Floor. You can then take the elevator up to the 5th. But you will have to move your vehicle quickly (so this would be best for a two person operation) as it’s really just a place to drop off people.
REGISTRATION / BADGES
The Registration Booth will be located in the front lobby, near Ticket Sales. Please pick up your packets as soon as you arrive. Additional Badges will be available for purchase on site for $15.00 each, if needed.
The GTCTC’s parking lots accommodate a total of 400 parking spaces. The parking lots can be accessed off of Market & 17th Street.
Please note, VAN ACCESSIBLE parking is available in PARKING LOT A in the garage. Onsite parking lots are operated by Republic Parking, and managed by the City of Tacoma.
Additional parking is available at the Tacoma Dome Station, which can be accessed via Sound Transit’s light rail system (complimentary), with a pick-up and drop-off station at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center.
There is a hotel be constructed attached to the convention center, this can cause some issues on the front of the building and does limit some parking.
Tables: We don’t have skirted tables as we try to keep the costs down for you all, so please bring your own tablecloths if needed.
Hand Trucks/Carts: Make sure you bring your own carts and hand trucks, if you have them, as the Convention Center has only a small amount of those on hand.
The concessions stand in the Exhibition Hall will have the following hours for the show. The closing time of the stand is subject to change if their business is slow.
Concessions Saturday: 9:30am to 4:30pm
Concessions Sunday: 9:30am to 4:00pm