San Diego Convention Center Gets Bigger, Chances of Comic-Con Coming to Anaheim Get Smaller
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|The big gets bigger. (Probably.)|
|"Slowking Man," courtesy Wikimedia Commons|
This week, sources including San Diego Newsroom reported that the San Diego Convention Center were granted the land needed to an expansion of their venue, already sporting 615,701 square feet of exhibit space. A primary motivator for this growth is clear: to give more space for the increasingly crowded Comic-Con, which, with more than three months to go, is already totally sold out. (Though the San Diego Newsroom article also reports that the Convention Center had to turn away nearly 400 events in past years due to space concerns.)
Current plans, as detailed here, include adding 200,000 square feet of exhibit space and 100,000 square feet of meeting rooms, pretty much matching or exceeding the Anaheim and LA convention centers. The estimated cost? $752.7 million, or approximately $752.7 copies of Action Comics #1.
|Just the current ground level of the San Diego Convention Center.|
Comic-Con itself hasn't made any official announcements about what they're doing when their contract is up in 2012, but word is expected soon. One wonders, though, if this is all kind of moot: Yes, Comic-Con is growing exponentially now, but isn't there a chance that bubble may burst? Talk about a 1960s Batman TV show-worthy cliffhanger.