It’s OFFICIAL, Comic-Con will be staying in San Diego through 2018. The announcement was on Thursday July 2nd by San Diego mayor, Kevin Faulconer.
The two-year extension, comes after months of negotiations to keep the lucrative and ever-expanding fanboy confab at the San Diego Convention Center, and even more months of not-so-behind-the-scenes lobbying by Los Angeles and Anaheim to move the convention up north.
The event already has grown well beyond the confines of the convention center, which has been offering CCI a flat discounted rate to keep it around. Planned expansion of the facility has faced several delays.
Among the keys to the deal to keep the confab in San Diego was convincing hotels not to jack rates for the slew of visitors who invade the city each year. Last year the convention drew an estimated 130,000 fanboys, cosplayers and Hollywood studios and networks (and their stars) to town.
The deal comes just ahead of this year’s 46th annual Comic-Con, which runs July 9-12.
Which by the way, we need two (2) passes for this year’s Comic Con, if by any chance any of y’all have extra passes and are not using them. Feel free to e-mail me, firstname.lastname@example.org 🙂