The future of San Diego Comic-Con is slightly more uncertain following the San Diego City Council’s decision Tuesday not to appeal a court ruling that would end plans to expand the city’s convention center — plans that were a primary motivator in Comic-Con organizers extending their previous agreement with the city.
The ruling, passed down from the Fourth District Court of Appeal earlier this month, struck down a proposed levy on hotels in the area around the San Diego Convention Center — a levy which was relied upon to foot much of the projected $520 million cost of the planned expansion for the Convention Center. On Tuesday, the San Diego City Council decided not to appeal the ruling, leaving the future of the expansion project in doubt.
“We're going to have to spend some time figuring out a way to pay for this project or find a new one,” council president Todd Gloria told local news station CBS 8. Construction on the expansion was originally scheduled to begin in "late 2014," according to authorities.
The expansion of the convention center space was seen by many to be a factor in Comic-Con International extending its agreement with the city through 2016, despite competition from both Los Angeles and Anaheim. But in a statement to THR, Comic-Con International's David Glanzer explained that "any decision to remain in San Diego has always been based on a variety of issues, including hotel room rates, available meeting space and other concerns, none of which necessarily override the other."