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San Diego Makes Its Play to Keep Comic-Con

Will add 200,000 square feet to convention center

San Diego isn’t giving up Comic-Con without a fight.

The city’s Board of Port Commissioners on Tuesday approved a $13.5 million deal to buy a six-acre bayfront site from Fifth Avenue Landing LLC. That additional land is necessary for the proposed expansion of the San Diego Convention Center, according to San Diego’s 10News.com.

The convention center hosts the annual fanboy convention, which sold out its tickets four months in advance.

Anaheim and other cities have made overtures to Comic-Con organizers in hopes of landing the popular event. Attendees have long complained of the cramped quarters and overcrowding at the San Diego venue.

The San Diego Convention Center has about 600,000 square feet of exhibit space, compared with Anaheim’s 815,000 square feet. The proposed expansion would add another 200,000 square feet of exhibit space in San Diego.

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