Comic-Con International held a board meeting yesterday, but a decision was NOT reached on whether to stay in San Diego or to move to one of the other cities ardently wooing the big show after the current contract expires in 2012. San Diego made a bold offer:
In the hopes of holding onto the four-day show, which attracted 126,000 people last year, San Diego submitted a three-year proposal that includes an offer of 300,000 square feet of free meeting space at the city’s three bayfront convention hotels, as well as an expanded block of hotel rooms with discounted convention rates. Responding to concerns from Comic-Con International, San Diego hoteliers agreed that no rooms would exceed $300 a night.
§ Meanwhile, Peter Rowe in the SD Herald-Tribune looks at other local issues and things that aren’t quite as big as they might otherwise be in San Diego. For instance, San Diego is the largest city in the US with a single-runway airport. Rowe finds local ambivalence toward not just Con, but other local institutions:
Los Angeles and Anaheim are wooing the show, while the San Diego Convention Center and City Hall are also lobbying hard. But here in Comic-Con’s birthplace, it’s not hard to find ambivalence toward the prospect of losing our glamorous, if overgrown, child.
After all, we’ve lost other offspring, including two NBA franchises — the Rockets and the Clippers — plus corporate behemoths such as General Dynamics and Titan.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.