The San Diego Union-Tribune is reporting that sports memorabilia is being shifted out of Balboa Park in San Diego and replaced with pop culture heritage. The structure in the park known as the “San Diego Hall of Champions” has become insolvent and has instead been purchased and repurposed by Comic-Con International. Some of the sports mementos will be housed at Petco Park instead, the paper reports.
But what’s on the horizon for this new venue? The non-profit that runs Comic-Con International are going to set up a permanent exhibit for the first time. It will be called “The Comic-Con Center for Popular Culture” with exhibits that rotate over time.
The opening of said exhibit isn’t likely to happen until 2018, however, though once it does open, it will be “year round”.
Those who have speculated about whether Comic-Con International will “stay” permanently in San Diego in recent years may well conclude from this announcement that the convention is committing to something more permanent in the city, and therefore has long term plans for a presence in San Diego.