Comic-Con Museum to open in Balboa Park – The San Diego Union-Tribune

San Diego Comic-Con International will open a museum of popular culture in Balboa Park under an agreement announced Thursday by the San Diego Hall of Champions and its Breitbard Hall of Fame.

“The Hall of Champions has our deepest appreciation in helping us to achieve the new chapter in Comic-Con history,” a Comic-Con spokesman said. “This center will provide a year-round interactive celebration of the innumerable aspects of popular art.”

The Breitbard Hall of Fame, which commemorates decades of local sports heroes, would move to Petco Park’s Western Metal Building and many of the historical items in the Hall of Champions would be housed at the San Diego History Center in the park. The sports museum renovated that then occupied the park’s former Federal Building that was built for the California-Pacific International Exposition of 1935-36.

“Bob Breitbard was one of San Diego’s greatest sports leaders,” said Padres Executive Chairman Ron Fowler, who also chairs the Hall of Champions board. “The San Diego Hall of Champions is an important community asset and this move positions the organization for a bright, sustainable future. The Padres are glad to welcome the Breitbard Hall of Fame of Petco Park.”

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