San Diego Convention Center Faces Cancellations

Several major shows have passed on the San Diego Convention Center citing concerns over high costs and the timing of the facility’s proposed expansion project, according to a new report from the center.

Halfway through its fiscal year, the SDCC informed the city’s Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations Committee that it’s on track to meet annual targets, but added that shows—including Comic-Con International—are voicing concerns.

As many as 14 events from association and corporate sectors have already canceled, the report says.

Uncertainty around the building’s expansion has been at the heart of the skepticism, says Joe Terzi, president of the San Diego Tourism Authority. Currently, he can’t promise that construction won’t interfere with their events.

“We have to dance around the issue a little bit,” Terzi said at the meeting. “We tell them we have a great building today and it will be better in the future.”

The expansion cleared a major hurdle in the fall after it was cleared by the California Coastal Commission, but remains mired in a legal battle over funding.

The SDCC news comes on the heels of approval for a $180-million expansion of the Anaheim Convention Center.

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