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Comic-Con to remain in San Diego

Confab seals deal with city through 2015

The nation’s largest gathering of fanboys will continue to take place in San Diego through at least 2015.

The organizers of San Diego Comic-Con Intl. said Thursday that they have reached an agreement with the city’s convention center to house the show “for the foreseeable future.”

Details on just how the city will accommodate the ever-expanding show that has become an imporpromotional vehicle for Hollywood’s movies and TV shows will be announced in a press conference today.

The contract with the city’s convention center was skedded to expire in 2012.

The show has been forced to host events at nearby hotels after crowds of more than 125,000 filled up much of the available space inside the convention center. Comic-Con began 40 years ago from the basement of a hotel in the city and moved into the San Diego Convention Center in 1991. It started putting a cap on the number of tickets it could sell at 125,000 in 2007.

San Diego plans to expand the center in order to keep Comic-Con in town, though funding for the $750 million development has not been secured. Area hotels like the Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego Marriott and Hilton San Diego Bayfront have also offered 300,000 square feet of meeting space through 2015.

With a larger facility years away, other cities like Los Angeles, Anaheim and Las Vegas lobbied to steal away the show, which generates an estimated $60 million in revenue for San Diego’s economy during the show’s four-day run each July.

Anaheim’s convention center will host the return of Disney’s D23 Expo, the fan gathering that focuses on all things the Mouse House produces. That show takes place Aug. 19-21.

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