The parking garage on 14th and H has a regular parking rate but also has a early-bird flat rate: arrive by 9:30am and leave between 4:00pm and 12:00am and pay only $6. On weekends, it's $5 all-day until 6:00am THE FOLLOWING MORNING. And of course there's street parking, which I'll get to on the Day Three portion of this report.
Like most anime conventions, the morning of Day One consists of people arriving, checking in, and mingling about waiting for the Dealers Hall to open, for that first panel, or one of the very early cosplay gatherings - which I was shocked that it was Kill La Kill. Not a primetime afternoon slot? Interesting.
|These anime kigurumis, also known as "Animegao," were popular throughout the weekend even appearing on local TV.|
|The front area near Dealers Hall and Main Events filling up at 10am.|
|The sign at the 7-Eleven across the street. "Welcome anime, we have pizza!"|
|The Dealers Hall opening up to all attendees at noon.|
|A Sora cosplayer from No Game No Life playing cosplay chess from the 12pm session.|
|Madoka Magica cosplayers|
|Starting to get a bit crowded around 6pm.|
As night approached, most of us were wondering were to eat especially since this was Nate's only day here at SacAnime. The group I was with had their eyes set on Bento Box but after seeing a long wait time we went down a block to the shockingly not-so-busy Squeeze Inn. I was the only one who had been to this Sacramento staple (seeing that I live here) before and all of them where here for a meal of a lifetime as indicated by Nate's Facebook status.
The night saw us visiting more friends and checking out some of the night events before heading out shortly before midnight.
|The bottom floor of the Sheraton Grand filling up as night falls on Day One.|