After months of speculation and several delayed decisions, the organizers of Comic-Con: International have announced the show will stay in San Diego through 2015.
The convention had been entertaining bids to move to Los Angeles or Anaheim when its current lease at the San Diego Convention expires in 2012.
‘We are grateful for the tireless efforts all three cities put into to their proposals,’ said David Glanzer, Comic-Con’s director of marketing and public relations. ‘In the end, we feel this decision is the best for all those who attend Comic-Con and for the organization itself. We are happy that the community has worked with us to ensure that we remain here.’
The convention has maxed out in recent years the capacity of the convention center with an estimated 125,000 attendees. The convention, which began with 300 attendes at the U.S. Grant Hotel in 1970, moved into the convention center in 1991. Attendance has grown almost exponentially through the 1990s until the crowds began to exceed the facility’s capacity starting around 2007.
Originally a comics-centric event, Comic-Con has grown over the years into a massive pop-culture show where appearances by filmmakers and movie stars have become common place and attracted an increasingly diverse audience.
The San Diego Convention Center Corporation has scheduled a press conference for tomorrow at the convention center to discuss the decision.