News Comic-Con Int'l Weighs Options After San Diego Drops Expansion Plans
posted on 2014-08-29 23:53 EDT
Comic-Con International organizers stated they are weighing their options about continuing to hold the event at the San Diego Convention Center now that plans to expand the facility were scrapped. David Glanzer, director of marketing and public relations for Comic-Con International told ICv2:
With regard to the convention center expansion, I can say that any decision to remain in San Diego has always been dependent upon a number of factors, and no one issue could really trump the others. As an example, we knew when we agreed to stay in San Diego until 2016 that an expanded convention center wouldn't be complete. However working with the mayor, city officials, hoteliers and convention center staff allowed us to utilize space outside the convention center facility and mitigate some of those concerns. We now use more ballroom space at area hotels than I think we ever have. And we are still working on other issues that include space, hotel rates and other logistical factors that need to be addressed if we are to remain in San Diego. And I am happy to say we continue to have dialogue with those entities and we will see what the future holds.”
The convention's fiscal impact for the city is estimated to be around US$180 million.