The biggest news coming out of San Diego today is that the city has been successful in securing the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, to be held at Petco Park on July 12, 2016.
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) January 15, 2015
This is huge news for the city, as The San Diego Tourism Authority estimates the game’s economic impact on the city could be as much as $80 million.
But this news might be making many Comic-Con attendees nervous. After all, July is typically the holding ground for San Diego Comic-Con, which draws 130,000 attendees, not to mention thousands of other individuals who flock to the city for off-sites and to fill additional, seasonal positions for the week. The All-Star game is expected to draw some 60,000 tourists – and the city simply wouldn’t have enough available space to accommodate both.
So what does that mean for Comic-Con? Not much, as it turns out. U-T San Diego interviewed Joe Terzi, chief executive of the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau, last month about the bid, which was still ongoing at the time. Terzi stated that the All-Star game would feature four days of related activities in the city, none of which were moveable, and that even though the event wouldn’t overlap with Comic-Con, they considered moving the convention, before deciding against such a move.
“We thought about it,” Terzi told U-T San Diego, “…but we didn’t feel it was appropriate to try to do that. Their attendees are such a unique group that they don’t take well to change. They plan their year around this event.”