Expanding Fandoms Mean Expanding Convention Centers
San Diego is back in the convention spotlight with Mayor Kevin Faulconer deciding against a split expansion model for the San Diego Convention Center. The San Diego Convention Center is best known as the home of San Diego Comic Con, has reached critical mass with the convention during the last few years. And with more and more people interested in attending comic conventions, organizers have surely been pushing for expansion. Additionally, the San Diego Chargers, have been suggesting a joint convention center-stadium expansion in order to relocate the team downtown.
Convention center expansions have been big talk in the convention world for the past few years. Nearly every major convention center on the west coast seems to be looking to add on more space in whatever way possible. From the Washington Convention Center in Seattle, the Oregon Convention Center’s Hotel project in Portland, and LA’s decision to move funding from a new stadium to updating and expanding their convention center, there’s going to be a lot of building sooner than later.
This news comes as a mixed bag for conventions. Because while expansion is great and opens the doors to more attendees, it also can mean closing sections of the existing building and providing less space in the mean time. Each convention will have to make careful decisions to work around these expansions, but are sure to reap the benefits once they are completed.
Source: Voice of San Diego
Originally published on 9/1/2015 at conventioning.wordpress.com