No room at the con? Not if these plans for an expansion of the San Diego Convention Center are approved. The plans call for an additional 400,000 sq. ft, with 225,000 of them exhibition space. (The current facility is 814,000 sq. ft.) The expansion would keep SD in the top 13 US convention centers…AND include enough space for Comic-Con! But there would also be pedestrian bridges and a rooftop restaurant, as shown in an artist’s rendering, above.
The new wing would sit in front of the existing building, on the bay side. It would rise 40 feet above the southern wing but stand about as tall as the structure’s signature “sails,” officials said.
The design team discarded another site — across Harbor Drive on parking lots now used by Petco Park, including Tailgate Park — because a previously unknown finger of the Rose Canyon earthquake fault was discovered there.
One eye-catching element of the bayfront design would be a 57-foot-high pedestrian bridge stretching from Fourth Avenue, across the Convention Center, to the water. Currently, walkers must summit a mountain of steps or take a slow-moving elevator to get from the Harbor Drive side to the bay side of the long building.
While we’re alarmed by the idea of a nearby fault line, it seems the new Hilton will populate the once-mysterious waterfront on the southern end of the center, so you might as well go fro broke.
For San Diego Kremlinologists, there’s a site devoted entirely to the expansion task force, with nostalgic photos of SD through the years, and more artist’s renderings, such as this.
As you can see, it is inaccurate because none of the people walking around is dressed like Boba Fett.
BTW, despite the San Diego Comic-Con’s meager contribution to the city till, the San Diego Tribune already has a guide and countdown calendar online for those attending.