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Tampa Bay Comic Con moving to convention center

Published:   |   Updated: April 9, 2013 at 01:50 PM

A day after hundreds of people were turned away from Tampa Bay Comic Con because of a capacity crowd, promoters announced plans to move the growing, twice-annual event to the Tampa Convention Center.

To accommodate the convention’s rapid growth, the fall 2013 and spring 2014 conventions are being moved to a 25,000-square-foot space in the downtown convention center, organizers said.

Organizers said an estimated 5,000 people showed up at the 13th annual convention Sunday, setting a record for the event, and forcing the fire marshal to halt ticket sales by midafternoon. About 2,500 people attended on Saturday.

A news release from the convention said the move will give Comic Con more than double the space it had at the DoubleTree hotel on West Shore Boulevard, which has served as the convention’s home for several years.

Single-day admission will remain at $15 for adults and free for kids 12 and under.

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