A battle royale seems to be brewing in San Diego as Comic-Con and the San Diego Chargers both make cases for new facilities.
The popularity of Comic-Con has skyrocketed in recent years, drawing in fans from all walks of life. In turn, the crowds have also grown exponentially…
To help alleviate these growing pains, the city of San Diego has proposed a substantial expansion to the convention center, estimated currently to cost roughly $520 million. The other big name in town however? They are less than pleased with the plans.
The San Diego Chargers have been wanting to replace Qualcomm Stadium, but if things go ahead as currently proposed, the team fears their plans will go by the wayside. They propose that a new stadium be built in conjunction with a convention center several blocks away from the existing center, but the city is remaining adamant that the current facility be a part of any expansion.
The team’s proposal is set to go before a committee later this week but there is no guarantee either way. Could this be what finally causes either Comic-Con or the NFL team to leave town? For years both Los Angeles and Anaheim have attempted to draw both organizations away from their sister city.
Understandably, San Diego would like to keep both the Chargers and Comic-Con as, to outsiders at least, it is these two things that make up the very definition of the southern Californian city. Can the geeks, jocks, and city officials come up with a plan that satisfies all parties? All that’s left to do is wait and see just how closely life imitates art in “America’s Finest City.”
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