New York Comic Con had a huge announcement today in which they eliminated 3 & 4 day tickets. That’s right, it is not a typo, there will only be single day passes available. Considering how hard it was to get passes before with most selling out in minutes online, will anyone be able to attend for the entire weekend? Check out the reasoning behind this drastic move below.
Here is what NYCC posted to their website earlier today:
We’re going to be real with you, this is a very bittersweet announcement—we are eliminating 3-Day and 4-Day tickets. We will only be selling single day Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Sunday Kids tickets to NYCC 2017.
You may or may not know that the Javits Center is going to be under construction. This means we’ll be working with some space limitations and we want to make sure as many people have the opportunity to buy a ticket and come to the show as possible. Selling only single day tickets will give more fans the chance to buy a ticket for at least a day to experience the fun of NYCC.
While on the surface this seems like a reasonable idea, there are many other factors that will most likely make this a nightmare for the regular con goer. Let’s start with hotel rooms. You’ve got to book well in advance to get a convention hotel. In most cases, the hotels sell blocks of rooms at a discount for the weekend and the majority of those are sold just weeks after the last con for the next year. So let’s say you booked your rooms already to make sure you had rooms and gotten your flight booked and then you can only get two of the four days? Those living in NYC and only spending the day at the convention can make the change easily, but those booking hotel rooms and flights could easily be screwed.
The convention schedule is another area that could bite the ticket buyer in the ass. Each year at NYCC there are big panels that fans want to attend, what if the panel you want is on Saturday, but you could only get a Sunday ticket? Many times those panels are not really announced until a week before the convention, months after the time when you have to buy your ticket or tickets as is now the case. There’s just too much chance to screw this up.
Conventions are a big part of our nerdy culture. Many of us plan each year’s conventions out months in advance, saving for and making certain conventions our yearly vacation type trip. This NYCC announcement has just made it much more difficult for those planning to attend.
Category: Nerd Culture