While San Diego city officials have made their deep, long lasting love for the Comic-Con International known recently, Team Jacob, aka Anaheim, also has much to offer, including a big, roomy convention center and lots of places for tourists to eat food, and its bid for the Nerd Prom is getting mucho ink today
“We’re attracted to it because of its sheer magnitude,” said Charles Ahlers, president of the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau. “It’s one of those things where it’s hard to unseat an annual convention from any area, and Comic-Con has a long history in San Diego. But we think we have a lot to offer.”
Ahlers said the convention would be great for Anaheim restaurants and hotels and estimates that it could have an impact on Anaheim of $40 million to $50 million.
The Anaheim Convention Center has 815,000 square-feet of convention space, compared to about 550,000 square feet in San Diego, Ahlers said.
Anaheim has more affordable hotel rooms and more rooms within walking distance of the convention space, compared to San Diego, he added.
Currently, the biggest show at Anaheim is the music equipment show NAMM, an 85,000 strong gathering of would-be rock stars and future guitar techs. We attended this show many years in the past, but our memories of Anaheim are not as glittering as our SD memories — although it was perfectly fine.
Like most observers, The Beat thinks a move away from San Diego is unlikely but…something has to be done. In the meantime, Anaheim has a strong message for San Diego Comic-Con organizers:
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