And another such expansion is required as the show gets bigger and bigger...so much so that the Anaheim Convention Center, former home to Anime Expo (and I'd personally like to hope future home as well!), has offered a bid for the event that is seen as plausible, once the show's contract with the San Diego Convention Center is up (after the 2012 event). As Anaheim is so close to Disneyland there's already a lot of tourist-focused business going on (read: lots of hotel rooms), and it's not so far from San Diego that it would be a huge upheaval for most of the would-be attendees. Anaheim certainly loves the idea.
But word from Variety is that San Diego has issued a counter-offer: the Tourism Marketing District has agreed to budget $100 grand per year for a five-year period specifically for Comic-Con, to be extractedf rom hotel tax revenue. It's unclear exactly what this would be spent on-- the convention center expansion? More parking and public transit for the event? --but will Comic-Con International be willing to turn down $500,000, or will the possibilities of expansion in Anaheim outweigh that?
Honestly, if the SD Convention Center can convince CCI that they're going to be large enough to increase the max attendance, I'd be surprised if they moved-- after all, it would make the 2011 and 2012 shows in San Diego a bit tense if they announced that they'll move to Anaheim in 2013 and the convention center no longer feels obligated to "sell" to them --but there would definitely be some advantages to a move to Anaheim: cheaper hotels around, and I'm a total sucker for Disneyland.
What say you guys? I know a few of you will be hitting up Comic Con this year; would you be okay with a switch to Anaheim in a couple of years or do you prefer San Diego? In any case, Variety swears we'll know in a matter of weeks...