Do the 4 day badges sell out quickly?
No there s no limit so they never sell out.
Nope, it's not like that "Big Bang Theory" where they all get together and keep hitting refresh in the hope of one of them getting their tickets.
That was housing block sign-up during the old days :)
I just realized how they do the housing stuff (which sucks cause a friend from Aus woke up at 3am thinking housing was opening at the same time). I like how they do it, just wish it was more obvious on the main site.
Also, I wish other conventions would do a similar thing *cough*PAX*cough*.
I heard rumblings about reach max capacity this year for the 50th anniversary. Is this a potential problem for Saturday and their single day passes?
Hmmm, that's weird... this is only a few minutes of Googlewhacking, but I can't find a fire code "maximum occupancy" figure for the ICC (yes, I know that convention capacity would include more than the ICC itself, it'd include the areas in LOS, the hotels, etc.... but I was looking for a starting point). The ICC's facility guide convention seating capacities for Lucas Oil Stadium (top figure: 63000), but that's seating, not a moving, partially transient crowd.
There's no information for "occupuant load", "maximum capacity", "legal capacity" or even "egress capacity" (because I believe that factors into the figure... someone into structural engineering can correct me on that if I'm wrong). When I look up "total capacity", I get returns on square footage figures for rooms.
I'm at a loss. I'm not taking that hard of a whack at it... I'm just Googling, after all... but I don't know how to find out what the maximum number of humans is that the ICC is limited to. All I find are things like how to calculate such figures, or links to relevant codes:
... And to be honest, I don't feel like doing the work to figure it out myself. :)
Well, anyway, I took a shot at it. If anyone finds out what exactly that max capacity is, feel free to point it out. I'm stumped.
The San Diego Convention Center is 2.6M sq ft, and the ICC is 1.3M sq ft. SDCC usually caps attendance around 130k, so half of that would be only 65k?
Surely there are other factors, but I'm wondering if something like 80-100k might be an actual limit?
That's not a bad Fermi estimate. But the problem is not knowing what factors truly matter. From the links above and what very little my non-engineering self has read, there's some sort of relationship between the ability to GTFO of a building and the mandated limits i.e. the maximum occupancy.
So from that, I can foolishly dare to push the extrapolation further ;). And say that it doesn't sound out of bounds to hypothesize two buildings with similar load capacities having very different occupancy limits due to doorway sizes, size and number of passageways to exits, etc.
But what do I know? I shouldn't be engineering more than a model train set. But seriously, making a guess based on square footage is probably not a bad starting point. We at least get a feel for the ballpark the figure is likely to be in.
As far as capacity numbers go, I found this:
Section 11.1 shows capacity for each area of the ICC.
@Aldctjoc I'm unsure what you're trying to say or ask. Please clarify. Also keep in mind Gen Con Events could be in the ICC, Lucas Stadium, one of the hotels around the ICC or someplace else like the Sun King Brewery tour.
Well... Lucas Oil Stadium has 70k seats so I imagine that it alone has around a 100k max capacity as far as the Fire Marshall is concerned. Since part of Gen Con will be there as well, I do not foresee a max capacity issue at the ICC. This years attendance may be up some due to it being the 50th, but it may also be down because the dates for this years convention lie so close to school start days which may inhibit parents and teachers from attending all four days.
Granted, that's seating capacity of individual rooms, and doesn't exactly speak to overall capacity, but I don't mean that as a criticism. Rather, it's just an observation of what it actually is. It is a pretty good ballpark, IMO. Thanks for pointing it out. Next time, I should read things better. :)
Granted, I know it's ultimately unimportant to folks like us. If there really was a looming capacity issue, the ICCLOS management would talk to Gen Con, and measures would taken (or at least proposed). And we would simply find out about it in the news, or in some announcement about badge availability or something like that. So in the end, it's just an intellectual exercise. But it is mildly interesting (at least to me!) as an abstract topic.