…or at least that’s what our cabbie told us. On the ride to the airport, this 25-year vet of San Diego confided that the mayor was going to build a brand new convention center and hotel complex with an airport in Chula Vista (just south of SD) to host the convention. This canny fellow — who would only tell us he hailed from a “former Communist bloc country” — also allowed as how San Diego is the richest city in the US and the fifth largest overall, so you may take this information as “unconfirmed,” but if it comes true….you know where you heard it!
Waitaminnit, turns out there actually was talk of a new Chula Vista convention center but it wasn’t nearly big enough:
Nashville, Tenn.-based Gaylord Entertainment, the owner and operator of the Grand Ole Opry, its affiliated hotel and other hotels, entered into an exclusive developer agreement with the port and Chula Vista last year to build a 2,000-room hotel and 400,000-square-foot convention center on 33 acres of bay front the city has been trying to develop for decades.
All this talk of moving is tedious, but something has to give, says David Glanzer:
We haven’t seen any movement on an expansion, and that has us very concerned. If nothing happens, as in a groundbreaking or some other solid movement, by 2010, we’re going to have to explore options. If our attendees and exhibitors don’t want us to leave San Diego and are happy with limited attendance, limited exhibitors, things of that nature, then I imagine we’ll stay here. But if they’re not, then I think we’ll entertain some of the offers we’re being given.
We asked the cabbie about the city vs. the con, but he said it is a very busy time, and “It seems, now, that everyone is knowing that San Diego means Comic-Con.”