By Adam B. Vary
October 29, 2012 at 09:20 PM EDT

San Diego will continue to host Comic-Con International through 2016, the city’s mayor and convention organizers announced today. The massive confab of all things geek has been held in the southern California city’s seaside convention center since it was constructed in 1991.

The deal extends by a year the convention’s contract with the city, which was set in 2010 after Comic-Con organizers briefly entertained the possibility of leaving San Diego for larger convention floors in either nearby Los Angeles or Anaheim, Calif. Since 2007, Comic-Con has sold out of its 125,000-130,000 available passes; organizers have needed to seek out venues outside the convention center in nearby hotels to accommodate all of its events. The city of San Diego is aiming to complete a planned expansion of the convention center by 2016, but EW has confirmed that was not a deciding factor in keeping Comic-Con in the city.

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