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Thousands Expected To Descend On Providence For RI Comic Con

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Thousands of people are expected in downtown Providence over the next three days for the annual Rhode Island Comic-con. The event caused over-crowding...

Thousands of people are expected in downtown Providence over the next three days for the annual Rhode Island Comic-con. The event caused over-crowding issues last year.

About 30,000 people showed up to Rhode Island Comic Con last year. This year, organizers expect an even larger crowd. That would put the event well over the limit for the Rhode Island Convention Center, and the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, which host the convention and can hold 17,000 at a time.

Jim McCarvill, head of the Convention Center Authority, said staff will manage the crowds by keeping track of tickets as people enter and exit.

“Every ticket will have a barcode, every ticket entrance will be scanned in, and then when they leave they’ll be scanned out, so will always keep the capacity at a safe range,” said McCarvill.

McCarvill said  Comic Con is one of the largest events at the Convention Center. The event includes panel discussions, vendors, and a number of celebrities. Actress Carrie Fischer, who fans know as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars, was expected to make an appearance, but had to back out at the last minute.

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The Rhode Island Convention Center, and the Dunkin' Donuts Center (not pictured) in downtown Providence will host RI Comic Con this weekend.
The Rhode Island Convention Center, and the Dunkin' Donuts Center (not pictured) in downtown Providence will host RI Comic Con this weekend.