Without our (as in J1 Studios) knowledge, the previous venue of 820 Spring Garden Street, was leased away to a business, leaving us with nowhere to host this year’s (2017) convention. This was done even after confirmations and down payments made to secure the location. I found out about this “situation” only six weeks before the convention date! SIX WEEKS! No notification was made that this was happening. I “lucked” upon the news when preparing to deliver J1-Con posters to the venue.
I was afraid that we would have to cancel J1-Con 2017. This is something I didn’t want to do, considering the amount of advertising, the articles from various news sites, including multiple newspapers, and the J1-Con 2017 merchandise that is sitting in the J1 Studios office at this very moment!
With the help of supporters who know of locations in Philadelphia, venues started contacting me knowing how we [J1 Studios] as a business were just royally screwed. Different venues from within the city, as well as in the suburban areas have shown so much love, even though most of them do not have the space needed, conditions for an August convention couldn’t work, or the location was too far for such a sudden change…
Thankfully the ECW Arena (now known as 2300 Arena) came to our rescue! Though the space is a little smaller than what we had for last year, they have enough GREAT things going on with this arena that I’d be a fool to turn it down!
Unfortunately we HAD two areas for panels, but the arena was not made for that, so we have to scale down a few things from the amount of gaming consoles, to having only one panel area.
So as a way to still honor those whose panels were selected originally but cannot have, we will still give you BADGE(S) FOR THE DAY THAT YOUR PANEL WAS SCHEDULED FOR.
So let’s talk about some of cool things that come with the ARENA…
- AIR CONDITIONING!
- FREE PARKING AND LOTS OF IT!
- A JUMBOTRON TYPE OF DISPLAY SCREEN FOR PANELS AND ANIME VIEWING!
- THE 18+ AFTER PARTY WILL BE IN THE SAME BUILDING!
- IT’S THE ECW ARENA FOR GOODNESS SAKE!
So the new address is 2300 S. SWANSON ST. IN PHILADELPHIA! Right next to the old Forman Mills Outlet!
DON’T WORRY THE DATE IS STILL AUGUST 26TH & 27TH!!
TELL EVERYONE SO THAT NO ONE ENDS UP GOING TO THE WRONG LOCATION!!
ALL TICKETS & VENDORS THAT WERE PURCHASED ARE STILL VALID!!!
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