Thursday, September 30, 2010
The Union-Tribune is reporting that Comic-Con International, the popular arts convention that takes place in San Diego every July, will remain here for another five years.
Other cities (Los Angeles and Anaheim) have been vying to host the convention after 2012, when Comic-Con's contract with the San Diego convention center expires. David Glanzer, spokesman for Comic-Con, told These Days back in April that organizers were facing a tough decision, one that would require time and deliberation.
One of the biggest concerns was the size of the San Diego convention center and whether it could continue to accommodate what has become San Diego's largest convention with more than 130,000 attendees each year.
David Glanzer told the U-T: “We’ve always had a desire to stay in San Diego, and we had three amazing proposals. It was obviously a very difficult decision, one born out by the amount of time it’s taken to make that decision. But in the end San Diego was able to address a lot of our concerns. It’s never been a secret we’d hoped to stay here, but the real challenge was that those who want to attend the event can afford to attend, in terms of size and space and cost.”
The U-T says the final decision came after contracts were made with 64 convention-block hotels, locking in certain rates for Comic-Con attendees through 2015.
What do you think? Are you happy Comic-Con will remain in San Diego?
Were you frustrated by the long lines and crowds at Comic-Con over the last couple of years? A larger space would presumably alleviate some of those frustrations. Are the lines worth it to keep Comic-Con in San Diego?