Convention Director Matthew Solberg here with an important and urgent message:

In light of recent events, Phoenix Comicon, in cooperation with the Phoenix Convention Center and the Phoenix Police Department, will be implementing enhanced screening to ensure the safety of all our attendees. This screening includes three dedicated access points, no longer allowing costume props within our Convention or the Convention Center, and other methods as determined in conjunction with the Convention Center and Phoenix Police Department. We anticipate some delays as you are entering the building and we encourage you to carry as little as possible to make the process easier.

There are many outstanding questions from our announcement yesterday. We now have UPDATES, including the prohibited item list as determined and approved by the Phoenix Convention Center and Phoenix Police Department:

Please arrive with plenty of time. Our enhanced security procedures include magnetic wand and backpack checks. There will be lines and we appreciate your patience and understanding.

The three access points for entrance into the Convention Center with those who have a valid badge:

  • West Building entrance at 2nd Street, between Washington and Monroe.
  • Third Street at Washington
  • Third Street at Monroe

For those who need to collect their badge from registration, you will ONLY be able to use the access point at Third Street at Monroe.

Con on Third will no longer be open to the public and will require a valid badge to enter.

You may request a refund by emailing refund@phoenixcomicon.com. As all staff and crew are on site running the convention we will not begin responding until after Phoenix Comicon and anticipate it may take thirty days or longer to fully process all refund requests. Please be patient and thank you for your understanding.

The following is the prohibited item list at the Phoenix Convention Center during Phoenix Comicon as determined by the Convention Center and Police Department that has been drafted and approved this morning. This language is direct from them, and we hope will answer many of the questions and concerns that came up in the past eighteen hours.

“In an effort to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all our guests, the following items are prohibited at the Phoenix Convention Center during Phoenix Comicon 2017:

Alcoholic Beverages
Illegal drugs

Weapons of all types including Simulated Weapons.
Examples of prohibited weapons and simulated (Prop weapons) weapons include:

Edged weapons (swords, knifes, throwing stars etc.)
Impact weapons (clubs, bats, staffs, nunchaku, shields, hammers and martial arts weapons)
Archery weapons (cross bows and bolts, bows and arrows of all types)
Weapons from fictional sources (Light sabers, plasma weapons, laser, phasers etc.)

Wands, sonic screwdrivers, plushies, masks, fairy wings, empty holsters, signs attached to costumes, fur suits, cardboard made costumes and non-weapon props, dishware associated with costumes, empty quivers, hats and helmets, Power Ranger Morphers, and umbrellas, by example, are allowed.

Ghostbuster proton packs are allowed however the Neutrino wand will need to be disconnected or permanently attached to the pack.

Any items not specifically listed here are subject to security discretion and may or may not be allowed.

We understand these are last minute changes as a result of recent events.

We appreciate your patience as we continue to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all our patrons and we look forward to a great event.

Matthew Solberg

Convention Director

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