The metropolitan region is the largest shared between California and Baja California. The extensive urban area flows from Camp Pendleton to the southern limits of Rosarito Beach. San Diego–Tijuana is made up of the two metropolitan areas San Diego and Tijuana. The total population of the metropolitan region has been estimated to be 5,105,769 in 2010, making it the largest bi-national conurbation shared between the United States and Mexico. (more...)
The convention center offers 615,701 square feet (57,200 square meters) of exhibit space. As of 2009 it was the 24th largest convention facility in North America. It was designed by CanadianarchitectArthur Erickson. Capacity for the facility is 125,000.
The center's most distinguishing feature is the Sails Pavilion, a 90,000-square-foot (8,400 m2) exhibit and special event area. The Sails Pavilion's roof consists of distinctive Teflon-coated fiberglass "sails" intended to reflect San Diego's maritime history, as well as to advertise the center's proximity to the San Diego shore. The Pavilion was originally built as an open-air facility under the roof. However, the center found it hard to convince potential users to book an open-air facility, so the Pavilion area was enclosed in glass, greatly expanding the usable area of the center. (more...)