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San Diego Convention Center

San Diego Convention Center
View of the center from the San Diego Bay
Address 111 West Harbor Drive
Location San Diego, California
Built March 1987 - November 1989
Opened November 1989
Construction cost
$164 million
($312 million in 2016 dollars[1])
Enclosed space
 • Total space 2,600,000 sq ft (240,000 m2)
 • Exhibit hall floor 615,700 sq ft (57,200 m2)
 • Breakout/meeting 123,400 sq ft (11,460 m2)
 • Ballroom 80,700 sq ft (7,500 m2)
Parking 1950 spaces[2]
Public transit access Convention Center (San Diego Trolley station)
Website .com.visitsandiegowww

The San Diego Convention Center is the primary convention center in San Diego, California. It is located in the Marina district of downtown San Diego near the Gaslamp Quarter, at 111 West Harbor Drive. The center is managed by the San Diego Convention Center Corporation, a non-profit public benefit corporation.


  • History 1
  • Design 2
  • Proposed expansion 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


San Diego approved a measure to fund construction of a new convention center in 1983 on land owned by the Port of San Diego. Construction of the original building began in March 1987 and was completed in November 1989.[3] An expansion which doubled the gross square footage of the facility was completed in September 2001.[4] In September 2008 the center took steps to acquire adjacent property for an additional expansion.[5]

Notable events hosted at the convention center include the annual Comic-Con International convention and the Society for Neuroscience.[6] Television game show Wheel of Fortune did live tapings of shows at the Convention Center featuring contestants from the San Diego area that aired nationally in 1997, 2003, and 2007.[7] It hosted the 1996 Republican National Convention, which nominated Bob Dole and Jack Kemp for President and Vice President of the United States, respectively.[8] It was also the venue for the 2007 California Democratic Party Convention.[9]

In 2008, the

  • Official website
  • "San Diego Convention Center Expansion". San Diego Convention Center Corporation. 2010. 

External links

  1. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  2. ^ "San Diego Convention Center - Parking". San Diego Convention Center Corporation. Retrieved August 16, 2014. 
  3. ^ Peter Hendee Brown (2009). America's Waterfront Revival: Port Authorities and Urban Redevelopment. University of Pennsylvania Press. pp. 63–64.  
  4. ^ Hirsh, Lou (December 30, 2014). "Convention Center Forecasts $1 Billion Impact from 2015 Events". San Diego Business Journal. Retrieved February 21, 2015. 
    Wallace, Carol (September 2007). "San Diego Convention Center Corporation". San Diego Magazine (CurtCo/SDM LLC) 59 (11). Retrieved February 21, 2015. 
    "Construction Completed On Expansion Of San Diego Convention Center". The Daily Transcript (San Diego). September 13, 2001. Retrieved February 21, 2015. 
  5. ^ Steele, Jeanette (September 23, 2008). "New wing would be along existing building".  
  6. ^ "A Year of Exceptional Performance: FY11 Annual Report" (PDF). San Diego Convention Center Corporation. 2011. 
  7. ^ Laurie Smith (April 9, 2007). "San Diego takes a spin at Wheel of Fortune".  
    "Celebrating 20 Years of Success: FY09 Annual Report" (PDF). San Diego Convention Center Corporation. 2009. Retrieved February 21, 2015. 
  8. ^ Berke, Richard L. (August 15, 1996). "Dole Hailed as an Honorable, 'Quiet Hero' as Republicans Give Him Their Nomination". New York Times. Retrieved February 21, 2015. 
    "This Month in San Diego History > August 1996". San Diego Magazine (CurtCo/SDM LLC). August 2006. Retrieved February 21, 2015. 
  9. ^ Marelius, John (April 27, 2007). "S.D. convention's gravitas has grown". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved February 21, 2015. 
    Elliott, Debbie; Jaffe, Ina (July 29, 2007). "Democratic Candidates Press Flesh in California". NPR. Retrieved February 21, 2015. 
  10. ^ Lechowitzky, Irene (July 12, 2009). "At Hilton San Diego Bayfront, the view rules". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 21, 2015. 
  11. ^ Hall, Matthew T. (March 18, 2011). "Harbor Drive footbridge finally opens". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved February 21, 2015. 
  12. ^ Stone, Ken (July 7, 2014). "Biotech Convention Gave San Diego $56M Shot in the Arm". Times of San Diego. Retrieved February 21, 2015. 
  13. ^ "San Diego Convention Center - History". San Diego Convention Center Corporation. Retrieved August 16, 2014. 
  14. ^ Reid, Calvin (July 27, 2009). "Soldout in San Diego: Another Booming Comic-Con". Publishers Weekly (Reed Elsevier Inc.). Archived from the original on August 30, 2009. Retrieved July 27, 2009. 
  15. ^ Convene: The Journal of the Professional Convention Management Association. The Association. January 2009. p. 78. 
  16. ^ Marael Johnson; Joe Yogerst (2006). San Diego. National Geographic Society. p. 35.  
  17. ^ "Contractor, Designer Get Award For Convention Center Sails Pavilion Enhancement". The Daily Transcript (San Diego). 9 November 2001. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  18. ^ Dilulio, Renee (10 January 2000). "San Diego Sails Pavilion Opens". Tradeshow Week. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  19. ^ "Th25d" (PDF). California Coastal Commission. 8 October 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  20. ^ Alexander Goya; Lynn Goya (16 August 2011). Best Hikes Near San Diego. FalconGuides. p. 43.  
  21. ^ Dillon, Liam (November 8, 2012). "Convention Center Expansion Clears Major Hurdle". Voice of San Diego. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  22. ^ "San Diego Convention Center Phase III Expansion Project". Unified Port of San Diego. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  23. ^ "San Diego Convention Center Expansion". San Diego Convention Center Corporation. 2010. Retrieved August 16, 2014. 
  24. ^ Orr, Katie (March 11, 2013). "Judge Tentatively Approves Funding Plan For San Diego Convention Center Expansion".  
  25. ^ Young, Joe (October 11, 2013). "Judge Signs Off On San Diego Convention Center Financing Plan".  
  26. ^ Weisberg, Lori (August 1, 2014). "Ruling threatens convention center expansion".  
  27. ^ Mento, Tarryn (January 9, 2015). "Faulconer’s San Diego Convention Center Decision Expected Next Week". KPBS (San Diego). Retrieved February 21, 2015. 
  28. ^ Nguyen, Alexander (August 26, 2014). "Back to Square One on Paying for Bigger Convention Center". Times of San Diego. Retrieved February 21, 2015. 
  29. ^ Lewis, Scott (26 August 2014). "Six Years and $10 Million Gone, the Convention Center Expansion Is Dead". Voice of San Diego. Retrieved 3 March 2015. 
  30. ^ Martin, Higo; Perry, Tony (January 21, 2015). "Will Comic-Con leave San Diego? Other cities are making pitches". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 21, 2015. 
  31. ^ Moran, Lyle (10 June 2015). "Coastal panel approves SD Convention Center expansion". The Daily Transcript (San Diego, California). Retrieved 27 June 2015. (subscription required (help)). 


See also

However, on August 1, 2014, a California appeals court ruled the hotel tax unconstitutional, jeopardizing the financing scheme for the convention center expansion, forcing the city to either appeal the decision, seek ballot approval for the tax in accordance with the court's ruling, or come up with an entirely new financing scheme.[26] Attorney Cory Brigg was the filing attorney for the successful lawsuit, and has another lawsuit filed regarding the bay front nature of the proposed expansion.[27] The decision was not appealed by the San Diego City Council.[28] The effort to expand the convention center up to August 2014 expended $10 million.[29] Due to the lawsuit, other cities have contacted Comic-Con International regarding the possibility of relocating away from San Diego.[30] In 2015, the Coast Commission again approved the convention center expansion plan.[31]

In March 2013, judicial approval was received for the funding method for the expansion;[24] the funding would come from a special taxing district consisting of hotels in San Diego. The expansion was approved by the California Coastal Commission in October 2013.[25]

By November 2012, there was a $520 million proposed expansion to the San Diego Convention Center.[21][22] The proposed expansion would have increased the available space within the convention center by 33 percent and had a target completion date of early 2016.[23]

Proposed expansion

Another unusual feature of the convention center is its inclined elevator,[19] which ascends alongside the large exterior staircase.[20]

The center's most distinguishing feature is the Sails Pavilion, a 90,000 sq ft (8,400 m2) exhibit and special event area.[15] The Sails Pavilion's roof consists of distinctive Teflon-coated fiberglass "sails" intended to reflect San Diego's maritime history, as well as to advertise the center's proximity to the San Diego shore.[16] The Pavilion was originally built as an open-air facility under the roof.[17] However, the center found it hard to convince potential users to book an open-air facility, so in 2000 the Pavilion area was enclosed in glass, greatly expanding the usable area of the center.[18]

The convention center offers 615,700 sq ft (57,200 m2) of exhibit space. As of 2009 it was the 24th largest convention facility in North America.[13] It was designed by Canadian architect Arthur Erickson. Capacity for the facility is 125,000.[14]



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