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2016 Comic-Con International is a Wrap

The eyes of the world were on the San Diego Convention Center and the San Diego region as the 47th annual Comic-Con International entertained us with celebrities, costumes, comic books and overall fun!

An estimated 130,000 attendees came to the convention center and more than 3,500 registered media came to San Diego to cover all the excitement, starting with Preview Night on Wednesday, July 20. The first official day of Comic-Con kicked off on Thursday, July 21 and ran through Sunday, July 24.

This event is in a "league of its own" says San Diego Convention Center President & CEO Clifford "Rip" Rippetoe, CFE. 

"It's unlike any other show when it comes to executing events of its kind in size, global and media attention as well as engaging people from all walks of life. We had 210 full-time staff, 229 part-time staff and 95 part-time temporary staff working at the San Diego Convention Center in all departments from event management, communications, engineering, guest services, finance, human resources and housekeeping during Comic-Con. In addition, our in-house partners Smart City, Centerplate and PSAV have their own in-house staff working, as do our labor partners who employ the men and women who put the exhibit space together."

"The truth is, this is how we mobilize for any event in our facility," he said. "It takes local, hard-working men and women to keep our 129 events (67 primary, 62 secondary) for 2016 (and beyond) running smoothly to make all of our clients’ events are a success and keep them coming back and reinvesting in San Diego."
Our community benefits in other ways during the show as well.
  • We are environmental superheroes by recycling 100 percent of all cardboard boxes through our two balers located on site. This is in partnership with Waste Management who then transports that cardboard offsite with natural-gas fueled trucks.
  • Leftover food is donated to the San Diego Rescue Mission. In 2015, our in-house caterer Centerplate donated 1.94 tons of food to the San Diego Rescue Mission which fed more than 3,000 San Diegans.
If you didn't get a chance to attend, our team produced a video that captures the fun of the event as well as why people come to this convention. And be sure to follow Comic-Con International through their website for information about the 2017 event!
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Posted by Barbara Moreno, on July 26, 2016
Attendees, Events, Experience San Diego

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