NYCC Lotteries are now NYCC Reservations

If you've been with us for a few years now, you'll remember our lottery system where fans can sign up for the chance to win guaranteed panel seating to our biggest stages and the opportunity to buy limited exhibitor exclusives. 

For some fans the system was easy and painless, and for others who experienced tech issues, it was a nightmare (We get it. It was frustrating for us, too.). We listened to your feedback and worked with our vendor to implement a NEW system that puts you in control of your lottery winnings and turns them into reservations you can book pre-NYCC.

Gimme the quick overview:

  • Anyone with valid fan badges to NYCC will be able to make their reservations for the days they're attending. (Same restrictions still apply for Press and Pro.)

  • Reservations are limited and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

  • You can reserve an unlimited amount of panels per day between the Main Stage and Empire Stage and 1 exhibitor exclusive shopping opportunity per participating exhibitor per weekend. 

  • We will be adding 100% of the seats in the Main Stage and Empire Stage in this reservation system. If you don't secure your reservation, there will be a small standby line onsite, but seating is not guaranteed.

  • You will be required to enter the same email address that is tied to your NYCC badge at the beginning of the reservation process.

  • You must activate your badge prior to arriving on-site. If your badge is not activated, your reservation info will not appear when you try to check-in for your reservation and you will not be admitted.

  • Reservations are limited and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. It bears repeating because this is a big change from how we’ve done it previously!

I'm a visual learner. Have a walkthrough?

We got you. Here's a step-by-step walkthrough of the NYCC Reservation system so you can prepare and know what to expect.

Reservations Open on Sept 20 at 1:00 PM ET


If you are not Fan Verified yet, but have a NYCC badge tied to your email address then you will want to make sure you use that email address to access the lottery and activate your badge. We HIGHLY recommend you also use that email address to Fan Verify. If you need assistance with this, please email  


Currently, we don’t plan to close them! Because Reservations can be removed or added to your schedule as needed, there’s a chance that a spot could open up for something that’s completely booked if another fan removes it from their schedule. Because of this, you can check the Reservations site up until the show. 


Funko will be participating with us virtually this year so they will not be part of this reservation system. Keep an eye on their website for details.

No, each person needs to enter individually with their email address so make sure to sync up with your friends so you can reserve the things you want to do together.


Yes, you will be prompted at the start of the reservations to check if you will be bringing your kids (ages 12 and under) with you.

For exhibitor exclusives, please arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to the start time. For panels in the Main Stage, please arrive to the Queue Hall in 1C (Level 1, Hall C) 35 minutes prior to the panel start time. For panels in the Empire Stage, please head up to Level 5 35 minutes prior to the panel start time.


If you decide you want to return something, or add something else that’s available, you just go back to our NYCC Reservations page and can manage your schedule. You can click the trash can to remove anything you no longer want and add something that’s still or newly available to your schedule instead. It’s important to note that once an item is no longer in your schedule, it will go back in the Reservations for another fan to claim and may be unavailable if you decide you want it again at a later date. 


We won't have private autographing sessions this year, but look forward to bringing them back next year!

Not at this time. Everyone needs to make their own reservations separately. 

Yupp! The schedule is coming at you soon.

At time of reservations, you'll enter the email address tied to your badge. This lets us know that you have a valid NYCC badge and what days you're attending! Just make sure to activate your badge prior to entering NYCC so your reservations link to your physical badge.

No, but we'll keep in mind to add as a future benefit!