Salt Lake’s Comic Con

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Jordan Bumgardner at Salt Lake Comic Con with two storm troopers. Photo by Taylor Peterson

Jordan Bumgardner at Salt Lake Comic Con with two storm troopers. Photo by Taylor Peterson

Record crowds assembled this weekend in Salt Lake City for Comic Con, bringing some of the biggest names in pop culture to town. The convention lasted from September 4 to September 6, attracting over 120,000 guests.

Last year, the convention attracted over 72,000 guests, and increased this year to over 120,000 guests. As a result there were problems filing the thousands of guests in through one entrance.

While many enjoyed the activities and events of the convention, many were frustrated with the level of organization of the convention, and a large number of people were turned away before they were able to enter on Thursday.

In an interview with Fox 13 on September 7, event organizer, Dan Farr said, “Not everything worked perfectly. We had a few challenges getting everyone in on the first day because it was much larger than we anticipated.”

Although Thursday created problems for the organizers of the event, Friday and Saturday showed improvements, like shorter lines due to more points of entry and quicker entry protocol.

Salt Lake is set to host another convention next year, likely during the first weekend of September. Organizers are taking attendee feedback into account, and plan to accommodate for a larger number of guests by expanding to neighboring hotels and the nearby Energy Solutions Arena.

 

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