Florida Supercon Is Heading To The Fort Lauderdale Convention Center For At Least The Next 2 Years
South Florida's largest comic con is moving to Fort Lauderdale.
Florida Supercon, which is typically held at the Miami Beach Convention Center, will take place at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center in 2017 while the Miami Beach venue is under construction.
Supercon is the second largest convention event Miami Beach hosts (the first being Art Basel), drawing more than 53,000 attendees over a four-day period. The event, which highlights the world of comic books, anime, video games, sci-fi, fantasy and other elements of popular culture, will now be held in Fort Lauderdale for at least the next two years.
"Despite the challenges with construction, the Miami Beach Convention Center has been a great partner. It is managed by helpful staff who have worked side by side with us over the past three years to put on amazing fan events. We are also grateful to Fort Lauderdale for welcoming us with wide open arms during this challenging time," said Mike Broder, president of parent company Super Conventions, in a statement.
In 2016, half of the Miami Beach Convention Center's facilities were unavailable due to construction, leading some Supercon events to take place at The Fillmore, a nearby Live Nation concert venue on Miami Beach. However, Supercon attendees and staff had a negative experience with that facility, according to organizers.
Drawing more than 5,000 attendees from outside the tri-county area, the event generated 3,000 room nights and more than half a million dollars in hotel revenue—an economic impact that will be transferred to Broward County through at least 2018.
Florida Supercon 2017 is set to take place July 27 through July 30. For more information, visit floridasupercon.com.
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