San Diego Convention Center

The San Diego Convention Center is the primary convention center in San DiegoCalifornia. 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 created by the City of San Diego.

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 May 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]