San Diego is set to remain the home base of the annual Comic-Con International through 2016, reports the Los Angeles Times.
In his final weeks in office, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders announced Monday (October 29) that Comic-Con organizers have agreed to extend their contract to use the waterfront convention center by one year, to 2016, meaning fans around the globe will flock to the city for at least four more conventions
The report said both L.A. and Anaheim (both with larger convention center) made major pitches in 2010 to lure Comic-Con away from Diego. However, by extending the contract to 2016, San Diego gains an extra year for its convention center expansion project.
This year, 130,000-plus people attended the 2012 Comic-Con, pouring $68 million into the San Diego economy, so keeping it there has been a priority for Sanders… and a campaign issue for candidates to be his successor.
City officials have approved a $520-million expansion of the convention center to keep Comic-Con and other big-ticket conventions from departing.
However, the plan is still in court.
The 2013 Comic-Con will return to San Deigo from July 18-21.