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San Diego Comic-Con Convention Center Expansion Includes Rooftop Park

If all goes according to plan, things are going to get swanky at Comic-Con. A proposed expansion of the San Diego Convention Center includes a five-acre rooftop park, which would be amazing for taking a break from the chaos of the con floor, or for outdoor programming, or for nighttime parties, all with a gorgeous view of the San Diego bay. The design by Curt Fentress has the support of Mayor Jerry Sanders and Convention Center board chair Bob Nelson, now all it needs is $700 million to get started.

“The team’s design, which we’re unveiling today for the first time, builds on the success of our iconic facility,” [Mayor Sanders] said, “It embraces the water front location with a five acre park and rooftop performance venue, while delivering an expanded facility that will help generate jobs and build on our reputation as a world class convention and meeting destination.”

According to the Convention Center, the proposed expansion could earn San Diego up to $17 million a year in revenue, which would pay for police and fire services. According to KPBS, the Mayor has directed Port Commissioner Steve Cushman to figure out a way to pay for the new design without using public money.

There’s no word at the moment as to when the expansion might be completed.

The unveiling of the Convention Center expansion comes just a few weeks after Comic-Con International confirmed that it would remain in San Diego through 2015.

[Via KPBS]

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