Shortly after posting the previous article, we received the updated prop ban rules.  This is an improvement but does not help the THOUSANDS of people who have already been stuck in line for hours.

There are many outstanding questions from our announcement yesterday. We now have UPDATES, including the prohibited item list as determined and approved by the Phoenix Convention Center and Phoenix Police Department:

Please arrive with plenty of time. Our enhanced security procedures include magnetic wand and backpack checks. There will be lines and we appreciate your patience and understanding.

The three access points for entrance into the Convention Center with those who have a valid badge:

  • West Building entrance at 2nd Street, between Washington and Monroe.
  • Third Street at Washington
  • Third Street at Monroe

For those who need to collect their badge from registration you will ONLY be able to use the access point at Third Street at Monroe.
Con on Third will no longer be open to the public, and will require a valid badge to enter.

You may request a refund by emailing As all staff and crew are onsite running the convention we will not beginning responding until after Phoenix Comicon and anticipate it may take thirty days or longer to fully process all refund requests. Please be patience and thank you for your understanding.

The following is the prohibited item list at the Phoenix Convention Center during Phoenix Comicon as determined by the Convention Center and Police Department that has been drafted and approved this morning. This language is direct from them, and we hope will answer many of the questions and concerns that came up in the past eighteen hours.

“In an effort to ensure the safety and wellbeing off all our guests, the following items are prohibited at the Phoenix Convention Center during Phoenix Comicon 2017:

Alcoholic Beverages
Illegal drugs
Weapons of all types including Simulated Weapons.

Examples of prohibited weapons and simulated (Prop weapons) weapons include:

Edged weapons (swords, knifes, throwing stars etc.)
Impact weapons (clubs, bats, staffs, nunchaku, shields,
hammers and martial arts weapons)
Archery weapons (cross bows and bolts, bows and arrows of all
Weapons from fictional sources (Light sabers, plasma weapons,
laser, phasers etc.)

We thank you for your understanding. Have a great time at Comicon.”

Wands, sonic screwdrivers, plushies, masks, fairy wings, empty holsters, signs attached to costumes, fur suits, cardboard made costumes and non-weapon props, dishware associated with costumes, empty quivers, hats and helmets, Power Ranger Morphers, and umbrellas, by example, are allowed.

Ghostbuster proton packs are allowed however the Neutrino wand will need to be disconnected or permanently attached to the pack.

Any items not specifically listed here are subject to security discretion and may or may not be allowed.

We understand these are last minute changes as a result of recent events.

We appreciate your patience as we continue to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all our patrons and we look forward to a great event.

Matthew Solberg
Convention Director