Location & Helpful Information

Ground Zero Animation Expo is at the Boys and Girls Club of Stanton, CA.


Doors open to the public at 10am each morning. A line will be formed outside for those that arrive early. We have 50 tote swag bags to give away each morning and paper swag bags after. Swag bags are limited and are given in order of arrival.


Our ticketing services always send confirmation emails, so a paper ticket is not necessary, an email confirmation works as well. 

General admission tickets:

General admission is free and for all ages, but we ask that you please download a free ticket which helps us get a better idea of attendance and it helps you have all the info for the event. We are rewarding those with their general admission, panel, and/or workshop tickets on their phone or as a print out to go in first. and possibly get a limited swag bags.”General Admission” includes visiting all vendors at their booths, be a part of the opportunity drawing, live art drawing, button pressing and photo booth.

Specialty tickets for group panels & workshops: (Workshop sales end June 7th, Panel ticket sales end online June 8th and may be purchased in person (while they last).

Specialty tickets must be purchased if you plan on attending group panels throughout the day/weekend or a specialty workshop with an instructor. Group panels are limited seats and require a specialty panel ticket. This ticket must be present at the time of check in when you arrive to exchange for a bracelet. You must wear your bracelet all day and a new colored bracelet will be given out the 2nd day in case you bought 2 days of panel tickets.

If you purchased a workshop ticket, these are needed at the time of workshop. Your ticket will be needed when you line up for the workshop and ID is only required,  if ticket is lost/not present.


Free parking structure across from the Boys and Girls Club entrance. Once parking structure has filled up, we have been told that Food 4 Less is okay with overflow parking, but we cannot guarantee that. You can find local street parking but ask for you to look at all signs in local neighborhoods. Parking at the park behind the Stanton Police Station is not a guarantee and again, we can only guarantee parking in the structure. We are not responsible for parking tickets, towing or any other parking violations. We provide the large parking structure by the Boys and Girls Club and advice everyone to park early.

You can always take LYFT or UBER if you have to park a few blocks away.


MAP of our location – click on the link to see photos and a map of our location

Directions from Los Angeles:

I-5 South

Exit Beach Blvd/ CA 39 South & Turn Right (stay on Beach Blvd. for 4.4 miles)

Turn Right onto Katella Avenue *major light* (stay on Katella Avenue for 0.2 miles)

Turn Left onto Cedar Street +little light just after Food 4 Less*

Parking structure is past the Boys and Girls Club on your right.

Directions from San Diego:

I-5 North

Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 106 to merge onto CA-22 W toward Long Beach (stay on the 22 for 7.2 miles)

Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 8 for CA-39/Beach Blvd. and turn Right (stay on Beach for 2.1 miles)

Use the left lane to turn left onto Katella Avenue *major light* (stay on Katella Avenue for 0.2 miles)

Turn Left onto Cedar Street +little light just after Food 4 Less*

Parking structure is past the Boys and Girls Club on your right.

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There will not be food available for attendees at our event, however we are located on the same block as FOOD 4 LESS and McDonalds. There is a Jack in the Box within walking distance. We also have a water fountain and snack/drink options in our vending machines.


We are only allowing cash for GZAEXPO transactions, however vendors may accept cards. There is a Bank of the West in the Food 4 Less Parking lot on our block. Cash is always encouraged and allows vendors to avoid fees and faster transactions.


Plenty of restrooms on site which include a 1 person restroom as well.


There is a park behind the Sheriff’s Department where children can play and you can get some R&R.


We are asking attendees to please leave strollers at home or in their vehicles. Our space is limited and strollers tend to obstruct aisles and vendor tables. We understand this may be inconvenient, but we have had issues in the past and ask that you please understand. Thank you.


We have handicap access at our event. Handicap parking is limited in the parking structure. Please arrive early to park. You must have a handicap license plate in order to park.

SMOKING (includes vaping & marijuana)

Please smoke at least 200 yards away from our building and parking structure. There is a very large park at the end of Cedar, the end of Cedar on the corner of Katella, and a parking lot at Food 4 Less behind us. Please be respectful of others. Smoking of any kind, even vaping, is not allowed indoors. Thank you for understanding.


This is an alcohol & drug free zone. Please do not bring either. If we feel that anyone is under the influence, we reserve the right to escort attendees out and will not allow them back in.


We are only allowed to let service animals inside the event. You must have a vest/ID to prove they are a service animal.


Dress comfortably and wear sunscreen. We have limited space for panel and workshop lines, so you will be outdoors for no longer than 15 minutes at times (unless you choose to be outside longer). You may be outdoors for awhile if you choose to line up before 10am before opening. Our entrance line will be in front of the building in the sun. We reserve the right to ask attendees wearing offensive clothing to change and they may attend once adjusted (i.e. foul language, inappropriate attire, etc. Please be respectful when choosing your outfits. Tip: We love animation and we hope you do too! Choosing something to celebrate the weekend is awesome!)