Atlantic City will get another shot to host the National Sports Collectors Convention.
After getting word a month ago that the I-X Center in Cleveland would be closing for good, the NSCC’s board of directors scrambled back to the same venue that was supposed to host this year’s show.
The announcement was made Friday morning.
For now at least, the 2021 National remains scheduled for the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL, July 28-August 1.
The show has primarily been on a Chicago-Cleveland circuit since 2007, with stops in Baltimore in 2010 and 2012 and one visit to Atlantic City in 2016.
Cleveland is apparently out of the rotation for now, with uncertainty surrounding the long-term future of its largest convention facility, which had played host to several NSCC events over the years. The 2023 show is slated for Chicago but no locations beyond that have been determined.
Plans had long been in place to hold the annual event in Atlantic City this year, but the NSCC was forced to postpone and then ultimately cancel the show in the wake of restrictions on public gatherings because of COVID-19.
While the news of the shift back to AC may please those within driving distance, the community’s limited airline service has long been an issue for others. Most visitors are forced to fly into Philadelphia and then utilize ground transportation to complete the 63-mile trek to the coast.
Show promoters say their options for hosting the show are limited, but did pledge to look at a new venue for the show in the years to come.
We appreciate everyone’s input… lots goes into location and making a show of this magnitude happen in a smooth and organized manner (which we take great pride in our staff for executing well year after year). pic.twitter.com/ONSvqzbPlI
— The National (@nsccshow) October 16, 2020