But now without some issues.
After the brew-ha-ha of the great 2010 Comic-Con Wars, in which Comic-Con International started to put out feelers for a new venue to host the monolithic event, San Diego started to panic. Comic-Con after all equates to a good chunk of their yearly revenue, and those 5 days are make or break for some businesses. So in a last minute accord, when it looked as if Anaheim might steal away the mecca of geekdom, the city of San Diego made some deals with Con so that they’ll stick around till 2015.
Today, they added one more year to that deal.
Comic-Con will see one more year in the city on the shore. Part of the deal to keep the show there was lowering and freeing up more hotel rooms (which has been done to a degree) and expanding the convention center proper. Right now, organizers greatly use the surrounding area around the center to set up shop, which, in my opnion has improved the ambiance of the show in general. Having groups like Capcom and Sega outside offering demos instead of being restricted to the inside of the hall helps a lot. Plus, it makes people go outside to wander through the beautiful town of San Diego.
Now the plans to expand the center have hit a snafu. City organizers have filed a lawsuit to see if they can obtain tax money from a fee on hotel rooms, and several unions have opposed the expansion for their own reasons.
Now Comic-Con is set for four more years, or one sitting president, but if the expansion doesn’t go through, or if the crowds become overbearing (even with the expansion) Anaheim might be waiting with open arms. They have already woo’ed WonderCon and might have their own Comic-Con International show starting soon.