Just one week before this year's Comic-Con kicks off, the city of San Diego has signed a two-year extension with Comic-Con International to keep the massive convention in the city until the year 2018. The city's contract with CCI was set to expire after this week's convention, with the extension now guaranteeing that San Diego will be the home of SDCC through 2018. Here's what San Diego Mayor Kevin Falcouner had to say about the deal in a statement.
"If you still don't understand how much Comic Con means to San Diego, more Superman means more super-streets, more light sabers means more library hours, and more Comic-Con means more neighborhood services for San Diegans."
The announcement marks the end of months of behind-the-scenes dealings, including lobbying from Los Angeles and Anaheim to move Comic-Con to those cities. Part of this deal includes an agreement with local San Diego hotels to not increase their rates for the thousands of out-of-town visitors who visit the area each year for SDCC. Last year, the convention attracted more than 130,000 guests, with the convention pulling in an estimated $135 million for the city each year.
Back in April, it was announced that CCI's WonderCon will move from its home for the past two years, Anaheim, California, to Los Angeles in 2016. L.A. mayor Eric Garcetti has been lobbying to bring SDCC to the City of Angels for several months, but, for now, the convention will be staying in its same home for the past 45 years. Are you glad the convention is staying in San Diego? Take a look at San Diego Mayor Kevin Falcouner's tweet announcing the news from earlier today.