San Diego Convention Center Expansion San Diego Convention Center Expansion

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San Diego Convention Center Expansion

A proposed Phase 3 expansion, that would increase the capacity of the Convention Center by 33 percent, is moving forward.

The Convention Center is currently undergoing the environmental review and permitting process, engage in outreach to our clients, community members and stakeholders as well as finalize the expansion design. The City of San Diego is exploring financing options for the estimated $520 million project.

According to data presented to the Mayor’s Citizen Task Force on the Convention Center Expansion, a proposed expansion could mean an additional $698 million annually in regional economic impact, $13.5 million in new tax revenue and 6,900 new jobs in addition to the 12,500 jobs already supported by the Convention Center.

Based on several studies, the Convention Center is recommending adding approximately 200,000 – 225,000 sf of exhibit space; 100,000 sf of meeting space; and an 80,000 sf ballroom. The target date for completion is early-2016. However, major civic projects like an expansion have long-term planning horizons and any number of unforeseeable factors could influence the timeframe.