Crunchyroll previously reported about how the plans to host portions of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo at the Tokyo Big Sight convention center were causing some concern among the organizers of large events such as Comiket and the Tokyo Motor Show, which traditionally host their activities at Tokyo Big Sight.
Now it seems those concerns were well-founded, because on October 22, 2015, the organizers of Tokyo Big Sight announced that some 60% of the entire convention center will be dedicated to hosting the 2020 Summer Olympics. Preparations for the games begin in April of 2019, and the space will be largely unavailable from then until the conclusion of the games in August of 2020.
Tokyo Big Sight is the largest convention center in Japan, with a total floor area of over 230,000 square meters (about 2,485,000 square feet), and it hosts some 300 events each year. The sheer size and scale of the venue means thats events are often planned at least 3 years in advance.
Organizers for Tokyo Big Sight have noted that they want the 2020 Summer Olympics to be a success, but they don’t want to make things “too painful” for small and medium sized events.
Any way you slice it, though, Comiket is going to be affected. No official word has come down yet as to how exactly the world’s largest dojinshi fair will change its plans to accomodate these developments.
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