RI Comic Con turns away ticket holders after exceeding capacity

Rhode Island Comic Con went over capacity on Saturday, leaving ticket holders outside for hours in the rain.

Organizers of this year's Rhode Island Comic Con where forced to turn away ticket holders for several hours Saturday after Providence fire officials told them their event was over capacity.

According to Providence Fire Chief David Soscia, too many people were being let in at a time and the organizers were not correctly counting them. That led to over-congested areas in the building which has a maximum capacity of 17,000 people.

As a result, organizers moved people out of the event and blocked entrances, leaving people with tickets for the event - which runs Saturday and Sunday - out in the rain and cold.

At 5 p.m. RI Comic Con released the following statement on their Facebook page: "We apologize for the hiccup this afternoon. We had hit capacity much sooner than expected, but the doors are now open and anyone with a ticket for today or this weekend is being let in without issue."

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