It’s now halfway through January and they still haven’t sold tickets proper. There’s no news on Comic-Con hotels yet, and you know San Diego gets full-up for the convention by March. Prices for hotels have already skyrocketed for July. Rates for the same hotels I stayed at a couple years ago have jumped upwards of $200 a night.
It’s becoming clear that Comic-Con is getting further out of reach for many attendees. Is this the fault of Comic-Con International? I don’t know. I don’t think so. You can’t blame them for being successful. And San Diego is a beautiful city to hold it in, but it’s simply too small. I fear that even if (in imagination land) they expand the convention center and make all the rooms twice as big so everyone can get into panels without a 4 hour wait, the city would still gang rape my bank account for a decent hotel room. Also, if they expand, they’ll sell more tickets, further compounding the problem of hotel space.
I fear there is no solution but the one I most dread: moving it out of San Diego. There’s only one city I believe can hold everyone, but it’s not a city I would choose for a convention in July: Vegas. Not only that, but it’s not a walkable city. The convention center area isn’t that wonderful. 2 blocks over, you’ve got scumville. There’s no fun awesome Gaslamp district. Oh, and no ocean.
I don’t believe they’ll ever move Comic-Con out of San Diego. If I were in charge, I would fight tooth and nail to keep it there. But I have no solution to suggest for the problem of overcrowding. Does anyone?