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Tampa Bay Comic Convention returning with ‘strictly limited’ occupancy

There will be mandatory temperature screenings at the Tampa Convention Center event.
Customers shop for comics, artwork, memorabilia and apparel at the Tampa Bay Comic Convention in 2019.
Customers shop for comics, artwork, memorabilia and apparel at the Tampa Bay Comic Convention in 2019. [ Times (2013) ]
Published May 19, 2020
Updated May 19, 2020

The Tampa Bay Comic Convention will return as scheduled July 10-12 at Tampa Convention Center.

The convention announced on Facebook Tuesday that “after nearly two months of agonizing uncertainty” the event had been “green lit to proceed.”

The convention, the announcement said, will feature "numerous health measures enacted by the venue and various levels of government, to keep attendees, exhibitors, guests and staff as safe as possible.”

Among the measures listed are mandatory temperature screenings, increased cleaning of high-traffic areas and hand sanitizing stations.

The occupancy of the main exhibit hall, ballrooms and meeting rooms, the announcement said, will be “strictly limited," though it did not specify how many people will be allowed in at one time.

On its busiest single day in 2019, the convention drew more than 29,000 people through the Convention Center doors. Thousands come in costume each year to celebrate under the vast umbrella of pop-culture fandom, with an emphasis on superheroes, sci-fi, video games and anime.

Previously announced celebrity guests this year included Avengers star Paul Bettany, Harry Potter star Tom Felton and professional wrestler Kevin Nash.

Tickets, which range from $30 to $60, are on sale at tampabaycomiccon.com.