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Comic-Con Extending Stay at San Diego Convention Center

The San Diego Convention Center will remain home to Comic-Con International through 2021.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer held a press conference outside Hall H on Friday, June 30, announcing the extension of the pop-culture convention’s contract, standing alongside Comic-Con's Chief Communications and Strategy Officer David Glanzer, San Diego Convention Center President and CEO Rip Rippetoe and San Diego Tourism Authority President and CEO Joe Terzi. The news comes just weeks before this year’s convention kicks off with preview night on July 19 and the first full day of the con beginning on July 20.

"As people around the world know, Comic-Con goes with San Diego," Faulconer said. "For four days in July, San Diego becomes the center of the pop-culture world for fans, celebrities and studios. Thousands of fans turn the convention center and downtown San Diego into a playground full of superheroes, princesses and zombies. Today I'm proud to announce that this tradition is going to last even longer."

The current contract was set to expire in 2018. The mayor credited the Board of Directors of Comic-Con International and its staff, as well as the convention center team, the San Diego Tourism Authority and the hotel community in what he hailed as a collaborative effort.

Glanzer said, "We love San Diego. Today is a day of celebration. I'm glad we are calling it home for another three years."

The event is an economic generator for the region, with its 130,000 attendees generating an estimated $143 million regional impact in 2017.

Comic-Con began when about 300 fans of comics, movie, and science fiction banded together to put on the first comic book convention in southern California in 1970. First held at the U.S. Grant Hotel, it moved to the Convention and Performing Arts Center (CPAC) in 1979 and stayed there until 1991 when it moved to the San Diego Convention Center.

“As the convention continued to grow over the years, we have continued to serve them and it’s been a great joy for us to claim that we are the home of Comic-Con," said Rippetoe. "It's our flagship event that puts us on the global map. We appreciate Comic-Con's business as they help us serve our purpose of being the premier gathering place for the region which allows us to serve as an economic generator for the region."

Mayor Faulconer added that his goal of moving forward with an expansion continues in light of the announcement.

"We can’t take the success of Comic-Con for granted. We are in a competitive market and we need to expand to keep great conventions like this one and others who want to bring their business to San Diego moving forward."



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Posted by Barbara Moreno, on June 30, 2017
Attendees, Events, Experience San Diego

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