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Mayor Faulconer: Comic-Con will remain in San Diego through 2021

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Comic-Con International is staying at the San Diego Convention Center through 2021, Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced Friday.
   
The popular entertainment and culture convention is San Diego's largest event each year and has called San Diego home since 1970, but its agreement to stay in San Diego was set to expire after next year's convention. Instead, Comic-Con renewed its agreement with the city for three more years.
   
"As people around the world know, Comic-Con goes with San Diego,'' Faulconer said at a news conference. "Over the last 48 years, it's an event that people all over the world have attended. Today, I'm proud to announce the tradition is going to last even longer. Comic-Con is staying in San Diego until 2021.''

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Comic-Con is the "longest and most important convention in San Diego,'' San Diego Tourism Authority President Joe Terzi said, calling the convention "our Super Bowl.'' The event typically fills about 60,000 hotel rooms and adds about $135 million to the city's economy, Faulconer said.
   
But Comic-Con's board of directors has warned city officials the convention could leave San Diego after outgrowing the city's convention center, and other cities like Anaheim have been trying to snare the convention.
   
Faulconer, Terzi and Comic-Con spokesman David Glanzer said the three-year extension doesn't negate the need to expand the convention center, which is one of the mayor's top priorities and an issue he tried to put to voters in a November special election before the City Council voted to leave the vote for the 2018 general election.
   
"These three additional years are going to go by real quickly,'' Faulconer said. "Our convention center must be expanded if we want to keep Comic-Con and other major events in our city.''
   
The extended agreement means Comic-Con will celebrate its 50th pop-culture convention in San Diego in 2019.
   
"Today is a day of celebration,'' Glanzer said during the news conference. "We're incredibly happy about this agreement.''

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