San Diego Comic-Con Introduces Wristband Trackers for Hall H
By Merrill Barr on July 14, 2014
Photo credit: Gail Carriger
When it comes to Comic-Con International, the holy grail of rooms is the kingdom that is Hall H. That’s where all the fun stuff happens. That’s where all surprise guests show up and do laps around the audience. So, of course, that’s the room people clamor to try and get into over the convention weekend, sometimes (often) to the point of camping out to get a decent spot in line. But, this year, the fine folks in charge of the event are instituting a new system that will hopefully allow you to get a better sense of what your chances are of getting into the infamous convention center room.
According to the SDCC website, this year, the convention is introducing “Toucan Tracker Wristbands”, which, despite its name, will not help you track down the Froot Loops mascot. The goal of the wristbands is to give you, the wearer, an idea of how long the line is for the first panel of each day in Hall H. The convention is also hoping to use the wristbands to give attendees an idea of what their chances are of getting into the room for the rest of the day. “We will accomplish this by using the data collected to place color-coded markers along the line route, noting approximately what percentage of the room would have to clear in order for those remaining in line to enter. Although we can never guarantee entry, this hopefully will help people determine if they want to continue to wait in line or go do something else.”
In regard to distribution of the wristband, they will be handed out at “Plaza Park as people get in line but will stop at approximately 1:00 AM, resuming again at 5:00 AM at the spot where the last wristband was given out.” In addition – and this is important for people who intend on spending the whole day in the room – a wristband will be required to enter the first panel of the day in the room. Should there still be seating after those people have gone in, the first people in line without wristbands will be allowed entry.
What attendees need to remember is these wristbands do not guarantee entry, so if you have to leave the line for any reason, be sure someone is holding a spot for you for when you get back.
For full details, head over to Comic-Con.org.
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