This is definitely not the kind of news we should be focusing with E3 currently underway, but it’s sadly unavoidable. According to reports, the Electronic Entertainment Expo may move away from Los Angeles next year amidst new stadium concerns.
The Los Angeles Convention Center may be in for a remodeling, and if certain issues can’t be ironed out “imminently,” ESA president Michael Gallgher told the LA Times the show will need to find a new host city.
“We’re still in discussions with the city of Los Angeles,” said Gallagher, “but we have a number of issues that still need to be resolved. If we can’t resolve them, we are preparing to go elsewhere.”
The ESA is concerned about the ease of access, which is why a replacement hall above Pico Boulevard has been proposed. The hall is adjacent to the South Hall where the event currently takes place, but it might just not be enough to make the cut.
“We need assurances on things like square footage, the quality of the space, the ease of loading and unloading equipment, signage throughout the convention center for marketing and sponsorships,” added Gallagher. “We love being in Los Angeles, but we also have a show to put on.”
Should the event need a new host city, San Francisco, New York, Chicago and New Orleans have been cited to potentially take on that role.