After covering Dragon Con 2017, I can personally attest to the size of the crowd for the event across all four days of it and according to some new information coming about the attendance at this year’s Dragon Con, it looks like the event broke its own record for attendance.

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Dragon Con announced that a record attendance of over 80,000 people from all over world descended on Atlanta for the internationally known pop culture celebration that takes place over the Labor Day weekend holiday. According to Dragon Con co-chair Rachel Reeves, “Every year, Dragon Con seems to get bigger and better and 2017 was no different.” “Pop culture fans came from every corner of planet to join in the fun.  This year, we gave them a show worth travelling for.”

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Fans were privy to possibly the final appearance of the iconic Stan Lee as he served as Grand Marshall for the Dragon Con parade as well as appearing at panels and taking pictures with fans.

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Food Network star Alton Brown announced the return of his colorful Good Eats program, called Return of the Eats, that will air on Food Network beginning in 2018. “We’re restarting it. We’re bringing it back. We’re getting the band back together,” Brown told a standing-room-only Dragon Con audience.

A new addition to the event, a cash prize eSports event for professional gamers was live streamed on Twitch and received enough of an audience from Twitch and attendance by professional gamers that the program will be back in 2018 based on the popularity of the fans.

The con was also an opportunity to give back to the community with some 3,000 attendees getting into the spirit by donating nearly 6,000 units of blood and blood products for the Robert A. Heinlein “Pay It Forward” blood drive.

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2 Comments

  • Tiffany Jackson

    September 5, 2017 - 6:53 pm

    Too many people. Yes it was record breaking. It was impossible to get anywhere especially on Saturday. Ticket cap!!

    • Kisho

      September 7, 2017 - 10:21 am

      What happens if you fall outside the cap Tiffany? Will you say… oh well maybe next year? I doubt it. The point of DC is to bring fans together, not exclude them… there’s enough of that going on already.

      Yes, it was crowded, but a LOT of that Saturday/Sunday crowd were the College Football Fans from out of town. It’s also why we run out of hotel rooms, the get grabbed up because of the reduced con prices.

      Dont be angry at the people that want to be there for the same reason YOU’RE there, that’s selfish and hypocritical.

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