After four years in Anaheim, California, it was confirmed today that the annual WonderCon convention will be moving to Los Angeles in 2016. The convention originated in 1987, with the Oakland Convention Center hosting WonderCon until 2003, when it was moved to San Francisco's Moscone Center. After the Moscone Center underwent renovations in 2011, WonderCon was moved to the Anaheim Convention Center, although that was always seen as a temporary home for the convention.
Deadline's sources reveal that Los Angeles is also in the running to host the flagship convention Comic-Con, should it decide to move away from its longtime home at the San Diego Convention Center, after the convention's contract with the city expires in 2016. The decision to move WonderCon to L.A. is due to Anaheim not having enough space available. Here's what Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti had to say in a statement, teasing that he hopes to "set a precedent" with next year's WonderCon that would help bring Comic-Con to L.A.
"Los Angeles is honored to have been selected as the destination for WonderCon 2016. We look forward to establishing a long-term partnership with Comic-Con International, the presenter, and helping them establish a home-base in L.A. We anticipate the show to be highly attended and to set the precedent for future successful Comic-Con events in L.A."
The 2016 WonderCon will be held from March 25 to March 27, and is expected to generate more than $32 million in revenue for Los Angeles. It's possible that WonderCon may go back to Anaheim in 2017, since the Anaheim Convention Center is undergoing a renovation of its own, which will add more than 200,000 square feet of floor space, along with nine new hotels being built that will add more than 1,500 rooms. The Convention Center's Wifi network is also receiving a $2.5 million upgrade. Are you looking forward to WonderCon taking place in Los Angeles next year? Let us know what you think below, and stay tuned for more updates.