San Diego Convention Center

SDCC Preparations: Sunday

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With the 4th of July holiday over, SDCC preparations were in fully swing on Sunday.  Half of the San Diego Convention Center was adorned with the iconic blue, yellow, black and white banners signaling the return of San Diego Comic Con.    

Here is a look at the progress so far:

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SDCC Watch Day 3: Marriott Marquis Expansion and SDCC Implications

In yesterday’s SDCC post I mentioned the Marriott Marquis’ expansion, set to debut in June 2016.

You can read more about it here.

If you’re attending SDCC this year you’ll see the construction zone, which will no doubt impact traffic, as the site is butted up against the sidewalk. 

With the amount of conference and meeting space being added, it’s natural to assume that there will be implications for SDCC. Currently the Marriott hosts gaming central, featuring RPGs and LARPs, along with the Con Suite.

Will this expansion aid SDCC by providing more space?

Only time will tell.

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SDCC Watch: Day 2 (June 9th)

In case you haven’t noticed, lately I’ve been making a daily trek to the Gaslamp Quarter and Convention Center to keep an eye on SDCC preparations. It’s early, of course, but I figure why not do it when I’m so close to the action?

Here’s what I saw today. (The Cisco convention is still going, and the weather is muggy and warm with lots of muggy humidity)

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No line yet at Hall H!

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Construction underway at the Marriott Marquis. The renderings look amazing and this will provide a ton of new space for SDCC in 2016.

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Sky today…

Sky yesterday…

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Keep watching for more SDCC prep sneak peeks!

It’s SAN DIEGO Comic Con For a Reason…So Please Stay Here!

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This week the outlook for San Diego Comic Con staying in San Diego past 2016 became a bit murky. The plan was to use a hotel tax to help pay for the Convention Center expansion.  But that measure was struck down in the appeals courts, and the City Council has no plan to appeal it.  That means that the expansion’s future is up in the air, and without the expansion, San Diego Comic Con’s ability to stay in San Diego may be in jeopardy.

Here in San Diego, there are proposals all over the place for new stadiums for the Chargers, tearing down the iconic San Diego Sports Arena (if you saw the movie Almost Famous, then you know about he Sports Arena; not only that, but that’s where my parents saw Elvis and the Rolling Stones back in the day), and reconfiguring Balboa Park ahead of the 2015 centennial celebration.  The thing most people don’t know about San Diego is that after a tumultuous decade or two of pension crises and irresponsible political doings by politicians with strange agendas, getting major plans together is harder than it should be.

That said, the expansion of the Convention Center makes a lot more sense than building a stadium that is used for a few events each year as opposed to a larger convention center that brings millions of dollars to the city on a regular basis.

It’s also important to note SDCC’s origins in San Diego.  If Los Angeles wants a major con, then make one.  (As long as it isn’t called “comic con” you’re ok…right, Salt Lake City??)  Comic Con should stay in San Diego because it was born here.  It wasn’t until the movie studios came down from LA that the lines got longer and panels filled up to the brim.  Frankly, I think that there is enough interest and enough capacity to have a major con in San Diego, LA, and Las Vegas.  

Would that be a bad thing?  I say no, not at all.

Check out the article from Entertainment Weekly about SDCC: 

http://popwatch.ew.com/2014/08/29/comic-con-san-diego/