- Associated Press - Sunday, November 2, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Organizers of this year’s Rhode Island Comic Con in Providence are apologizing after the venue went over capacity and at least 1,500 ticket holders were turned away.

Providence officials say the Rhode Island Convention Center hit its maximum capacity of 17,000 people Saturday afternoon and fire marshals temporarily shut down Comic Con. Fire Chief David Soscia says it appears event organizers were correctly counting patrons.

Comic Con organizers apologized on the event’s Facebook page, saying it hit capacity much sooner than expected. They say people with tickets for Saturday will be allowed in on Sunday. More than 20,000 tickets were sold for Saturday.

The convention center’s general manager, Lawrence Lepore, told The Providence Journal that Saturday apparently was the first time in the facility’s 22-year history that it exceeded capacity.

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