Deadline is reporting that Comic-Con International has come to terms with a deal to remain in San Diego, California through 2018. The news came from city mayor Kevin Faulconer Thursday morning at a press conference. It ends a very public courting (for the time being) for Comic-Con International by San Diego and the nearby cities of Los Anageles and Anaheim.
There had been very public talks by CCI and the cities involved about moving the landmark convention due to delays in expansion plans for the San Diego Convention Center. The convention has maxed out its attendance and ticket sales for nearly a decade, with little room to expand in the crowded downtown San Diego area. This has in recent years led CCI to expand with events at off-site venues such as hotels, theatres and street events.
New York Comic Con recently surpassed Comic-Con International: San Diego with visitor count, becoming the largest comic convention in North America.
According to Deadline, the main sticking point which led to the drawn-out negotiations between San Diego and the convention organizers was a stipulation that nearby hotels hold down costs for con-goers during the convention dates.
This year's Comic-Con International: San Diego is scheduled for July 8 - 12.