Scuba Show’s Relocation: Los Angeles Convention Center — June 1 & 2, 2024

Scuba Show’s Relocation: Los Angeles Convention Center — June 1 & 2, 2024

A note from the producer on the move:

Scuba Show is moving from Long Beach to Los Angeles for June 1-2, 2024. That’s a big change for our exhibitors and attendees, so we want to tell you more about the relocation and pass along the information and our impressions.

First, about the change. For all but a few years, since 1988 Scuba Show has been in Long Beach; first on the Queen Mary, and since 2000 at the Long Beach Convention Center. We learned that the City of Long Beach had taken in a citywide event that will happen during our 2024 dates and it will take up almost all of the city’s parking, including at the convention center. They offered us alternate dates that too many of our exhibitors couldn’t make work. So, for the first time in the show’s history, we are heading to Los Angeles.

The regional Los Angeles County area has worked well for the show for 36 years because it is central and convenient for the large southern California diving community. And for our attendees that come from farther out – from northern California and the western states — and our exhibitors that travel in from around the world, obviously getting to LA is easy.

And it will be just as convenient for most of our attendees; the drive from the farthest point south (San Diego) is an extra 14 miles, while it’s actually closer for people to attend from the inland empire and the more northern counties. And you’ll be able to park.

The LA Convention Center sits at the intersection of major north-south and east-west freeways, with parking directly under the building for 3,800 cars at $25 a day. The exhibit hall is an easy escalator ride up from the garage. There is also a Metro stop a block away, so there’s an option to take the train from all over rather than drive and park.

The LA Convention Center is a world-class meeting facility. It is situated in a major LA entertainment area called LA Live, which is the primary sports and entertainment district that includes the Crypto.com Arena (home of the Lakers, Clippers, Sparks and Kings), the Peacock Theater (a 7,100-seat concert and awards show venue), Peacock Place (a cool 40,000 sq. ft. open-air space with six 75-foot-LED towers), night clubs, 13 restaurants, a bowling alley, the GRAMMY Museum, a 14-screen Regal Cinema, a number of good hotels and of course the convention center. It’s all in a short walk, right there.

Our new exhibit hall is 18,000 square feet larger than it is at Long Beach, the seminar rooms are just an escalator ride above the show floor, and of course we will bring back the pool, the photo stations, the 16-foot video wall, Disco Shark and the DECO Zone, complete with concessions and bars. And new this year, a bucking shark.

Are we excited about the move? Actually, the feeling has gone from disappointment in having to leave Long Beach, to excitement about a fresh new venue that will allow us to put on the best possible show. So yes!

We will continue to provide information about the show as it develops.

On behalf of the entire Scuba Show team, we look forward to seeing you, and experiencing the energy that our scuba community creates.

Mark Young
Scuba Show Producer

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