City prepares for Comic-Con invasion

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SAN DIEGO – The city of San Diego is bracing for hundreds of thousands of people to swarm the Convention Center and Gaslamp areas downtown when Comic-Con kicks off Wednesday.

The sold out show begins Thursday, July 24, but a preview night will take place the eve of Comic-Con at 6 p.m. at the convention center. Several screenings will be shown including “The Flash” and “Constantine.”

The largest event to take place at the San Diego convention center is expected to generate nearly $178 million dollars for the local economy, and $2.6 million in tax revenue.

Events will also go beyond the convention center walls as staged events are set up at The Hilton San Diego Bayfront, The Omni and the Horton Grand Theater.

Free shuttles will be made available for those traveling between the convention center and nearby hotels. The shuttles will run on a 24 hour basis beginning at 4:30 a.m. Thursday.