SeaWorld has been a fixture in San Diego for almost 50 years.
Later this month, the park will kick off an 18-month celebration of this anniversary, a promotional push that coincides with continued fallout from an explosive documentary that’s led to continued criticism of the SeaWorld’s history with its killer whales.
I’ve gotten quite a few emails from Voice of San Diego readers who say they won’t visit the park again after watching “Blackfish” but the movie’s impact on the company’s bottom line remains unclear.
To assess the potential implications for our region, it’s crucial to understand SeaWorld’s San Diego footprint. Here are some key numbers that put that in perspective.