At Tampa Bay Comic Convention, we are dedicated to providing an enjoyable and rewarding experience that is safe for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity, and expression, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, veteran status, physical or mental disability, physical appearance, body size, race, national origin, age, dress, political affiliation, or fandom preference in any area, activity or operation of Tampa Bay Comic Convention. All ADA companions are expected to purchase tickets to the event.
We offer several different ADA accommodations.
Tampa Bay Comic Convention does not have reserved parking for the event. However, Tampa Parking Info has information to find spaces in the Convention Center. If you can access any mobile device by doing a quick Google search, there are many resources to show you parking around the convention center.
2. ADA wristbands
We do not require documentation of disabilities nor a special wristband or badge.
3. ADA Waiting Areas in Grand Ballroom and Photo Ops
Photo Ops and the Main Ballroom panels will each have an ADA waiting area, and chairs will be available for those who cannot stand too long. Please arrive at the ADA Waiting Area at most 10 minutes before your scheduled Photo Op or Panel, as space is limited.
The ADA group will be seated first in the Ballroom for Panel Programming. We will do our best to keep groups together; however, if space is limited, you may be asked to limit your group to just one additional person. If you are using a wheelchair, you will be assigned to one of several designated sections located throughout the Ballroom. If the panel requires a ticket to enter, the same is expected for ADA.
*Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, so ADA seating may only be available if you arrive at the last minute to get to the room.
In Photo Ops, we will keep your group together. When the celebrity or group is ready, ADA groups will be given special consideration to enter, as space permits, ahead of the General Admission crowd. After you get your Photo Op and pick up the print, you can leave the Photo Op area! If you are using a wheelchair and would like to stand for your Photo Op, you can request to have the wheelchair moved out of the picture and returned to you when the photo is complete. You may have four people per Photo Op. Babies under one year do not count.
Celebrity Row for Autographs will have an ADA/VIP line and a general admission line. ADA attendees may bring up two designated caregivers in the ADA Autograph line. Any additional party members will have to wait in the line designated by their Tampa Bay CC pass; however, children will always be allowed to accompany their parents. If you would like to get a “selfie” with the celebrity, and they allow it, A Heroes Team member can use your phone to take a picture of you.
4. ASL Interpreters
ASL interpreters are available on-site for panels in the main ballroom only at the Tampa Bay Comic Convention. If you wish to request an interpreter for a panel, please visit the info booth.
5. Harassment Policy
You can access a way to report harassment 24/7 at the Tampa Bay Comic Convention. Together, we hope to send a clear message to participants that bullying, abuse, assault, or harassment of any kind will not be tolerated.
During the event, anyone who witnesses a violation of the Zero Tolerance Harassment Policy should reach out to a Hero volunteer, staff member, a staff member wearing a badge, or write to the customer support line.
6. Wheelchair Reservation
There is no rental for wheelchairs or scooters at the convention center. Please make arrangements with a local rental in the area before the event. This is a resource that can help with finding a rental in the area: Cloud of Goods-Tampa
7. Service Dogs are allowed
Only service dogs will be permitted at Convention Center. According to state and federal law, a “service animal” is any dog that is trained, or is in training, to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability; and performs work or tasks, or is in training to perform work or tasks, that are directly related to the individual’s disability. Under the ADA, service animals must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered. If the dog is out of control and the handler does not effectively control it or is not housebroken, the handler will be asked to remove the service animal from the premises.
If you need help with other service dogs or their handlers, please speak with a volunteer and ask them to contact a staff member. Our goal is to provide a safe experience for all our guests.
Emotional support animals are not allowed at this time.
Tampa Bay Comic Convention 2023 is July 28-30, 2023, at The Tampa Bay Convention Center
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