Here we are again.
Comic-Con attendees are about to descend on downtown, packing streets and crowding the Convention Center. And this week, Mayor Kevin Faulconer put immediate fears to rest and announced the massive entertainment fest would stick in San Diego through 2018.
But the city’s still far from that expansion Comic-Con organizers and many fans have long said is necessary to keep the event in the long term.
For now, a legal challenge has halted the $520 million waterfront expansion and there’s talk of adding convention space elsewhere.
With all the stop-and-go when it comes to expansion efforts, it’s hard to keep up, so we decided to tackle some of the most common questions about the expansion – with the help of this handy map.
Where’s the current Convention Center and where are they talking about expanding it?
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"An aerial footbridge connection would also be built for convention attendees traveling between sites under the plans put out by JMI. A hotel in the middle of the two Convention Center sites would also be built at the foot of the Harbor Drive pedestrian bridge and offer even more meeting space and desperately needed hotel rooms."
Isn't there already a Hilton at the foot of the multi million dollar Harbor Drive pedestrian bridge? Is the intent to build a new crossing at 5th Ave.?
@SDResident Yes. JMI's hotel would be built on the opposite side of the Harbor pedestrian bridge, across the street from the Hilton. The aerial bridge would be extended through the new hotel to the Tailgate convention expansion for those who prefer to skip the street-level walk. The map above may help visualize what's being pitched where.
All the supporting financial projections show the current convention center is losing a lot of money. They can't even generate the funds for routing maintenance. Increasing the size of the center would generate even greater losses and accelerate the deterioration of the center from lack of maintenance. I understand the center employees are paid very well for the caliber of work they do. Maybe they can reduce their salaries and benefits and let these funds go towards maintence?
Last year they accomplished a remarkable reconfiguration of Petco Park to accommodate the Davis Cup tennis tournament.
I keep wondering why the same sort of imagination couldn't be used, in coordination with Padres scheduling, to create a unique venue for one or more Comic-Con special events?
@George in BayHo --I believe they are already using Petco Park, and have for several years.