Patrons with Disabilities
The San Diego County Fair provides numerous special accommodations throughout the buildings and grounds for the benefit of our guests with special needs. We hope this will assist you in planning your visit and ensure that your visit is pleasan. Please request additional assistance at any time from Guest Services, Information Booths or any San Diego County Fair staff.
This page has information on:
Admission Policies and Accessible Entrances
Wheelchair Rental and Mobility Devices Policy
Grandstand Seating Policies
Accessible parking exceeding what is required by law is provided in our Main Parking Lot off Jimmy Durante Boulevard with paid parking ($10). All parking is first-come, first-served, and RVs and similarly-sized vehicle are not allowed.
Free parking & accessible transportation are available at Horsepark every day that the Fair is open. This also is available at our off-site parking lots that operate on weekends. Please see the parking page for details.
The San Diego County Fair is accessible by Public Transit and Access/Lift. For more information call (619) 233-3004 or your Para-transit provider.
One companion or personal assistant is admitted at the admission gate at no charge with the paid admission of the disabled person. (Please note: This courtesy does not extend to admission at concerts that require tickets, or midway rides.)
Accessible entrances to the Fair are the O'Brien and West Gates. The O'Brien Gate is closest to accessible parking and off-site parking lot shuttles. The West Gate is where the North County Transit District buses stop.
Map noting accessible routes and TDD locations are available at Information Booths and Guest Services.
Map of accessible routes [PDF document will open in a new window]
Wheelchair and electric scooter rental locations are at the O'Brien and Arena Gates. Motorized scooters may be reserved in advance. Please see the Strollers, Wheelchairs, and Lockers page for prices and important information.
Guests with disabilities are permitted to bring in motorized scooters with three or more wheels to be used as a mobility device. Arena Gate is surrounded by a hard dirt surface which can be maneuvered by most wheelchairs, but does not fully comply with the ADA definition of an accessible path of travel.
Policy on Other Power-Driven Mobility Devices (OPDMD)
All Mobility Devices:
The maximum speed for any powered mobility device is equal to walking pedestrians. Anyone operating their mobility device, regardless of type, in a manner deemed unsafe will be warned to use their mobility device appropriately.
Operators of mobility devices are to yield to pedestrians.
No device can be attached to any mobility device while at the Fair.
If an individual chooses not to comply, he or she will be asked to leave the Fairgrounds property.
All mobility devices, including OPDMDs, will be hand-screened by Security.
OPDMD device greater than 24"x48" may be used under the following rules:
1. The anticipated attendance is less than 31,500.
2. An OPDMD may not be left unattended at any time. The Del Mar Fairgrounds and 22nd District Agricultural Association (22nd DAA) is not responsible for any theft or damage of any
unattended OPDMD. The exception is wheelchairs and scooters that are in the Grandstand
for concerts or by the fence at the San Diego Showcase Stage.
3. No mobility device may be used in area that has a turning radius of less than 3 inches per 12 inches of length of their device. (For example, the ADA footprint for a standard wheelchair is 48 inches; therefore, there would need to be 60 inches (5 feet) of clear turning radius for a device to be considered accessible in the area).
4. A path of travel must be the width of the device plus 3 feet for other pedestrians.
5. No OPDMD may be stationary less than 20 feet from any entrance or exit. The only exception is if foot traffic is at a standstill.
6. An OPDMD must be less than 84 inches in height, including occupant(s), to be inside any building with standard doors.
7. OPDMDs may be restricted from any area the general public may enter if the Fairgrounds
has determined usage of an OPDMD is inappropriate or unsafe.
8. Not all facilities and areas are accessible for mobility devices that are greater than 48 inches in length.
9. OMPMD must have three or more wheels. Exceptions will be made for Segways that are used as a mobility device.
Service dogs are welcome at the Fair.
Relief areas are designated with signs in four locations:
on the west side of Bing Crosby Hall, between the hall and the Seaside Pavilion;
on bark (in the Tunnel) between the Grandstand and Paddock area;
in Family Funville by the restrooms in the infield near the racetrack; and
across from the southeast corner of the Livestock Barn.
Download a map of service animal relief areas.
Please note that "comfort dogs" do not qualify under the ADA guidelines from the Department of Justice and not be allowed into the Fair. Please refer to our Service Dog Policy or the ADA Frequently Asked Questions About Service Dogs for all other details and the full definition.
Grandstand concert seating policies: Early line-up and admission is provided for people needing assistance. People requesting assistance should arrive two hours prior to the concert at the third floor of the Grandstand. Wait in the foyer to be seated inside the Grandstand. The person with a disability will be allowed early access with four companions. (For paid shows and reserved-seat sections of other shows, everyone will need to have a ticket). Additional family members or friends will need to wait in line with the rest of the public.
Please note: on July 4, one companion will be allowed to accompany the disabled patron into ADA seating. Saving more than two seats is prohibited. Questions can be answered at the Ticket Office or call the ADA Coordinator at (858) 792-4217. The ADA Coordinator, her staff and Ambassadors (staff in blue shirts or jackets) will be present for any assistance that may be needed. Please click this link for additional seating and ticket-buying information for Fairgoers with disabilities.
Insurance requires all individuals on a ride to pay. ADA law does not require that the Fair allow free admission on rides for individuals assisting a person with a disability. (Note: the San Diego County Fair gives free admission for assistants at the entrance gates only.)
Individuals with a disability may ride on any ride when they meet the following criteria:
If they can board in a manner that the ride requires without the help of the operator or other Fair patron; and
If they meet the requirements set forth by the manufacturer of the ride.
A private restroom large enough for a wheelchair plus a caregiver is available at Guest Services.
Guest Services and the Information Booths distribute wristbands designed for children and adults who may become separated from their parents or guardians. A cell phone number can be written on the inside of the wristband. If the person with the wristband gets separated, that individual will be taken to Guest Services, where personnel will call the number on the wristband. For more information about this, please see the Lost Items and Children page of this website.
Reasonable accommodations for most services can be provided with at least 72 hours of notice. Please allow at least two weeks notice for American Sign Language interpreter service. If additional assistance is needed, please contact Amy Billburg 858-792-4217 or firstname.lastname@example.org. All messages will be returned as soon as possible. Please allow 72 hours for a response. If immediate assistance is needed, please call our 24-hour dispatch number, 858-792-4271. They will be able to contact staff members who will be able to assist.