SALT LAKE CITY — The FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention announced on Friday that FanX 2020 has been called off.
"Our top priority has always been and will continue to be the safety and well being of our FanX family — which, unfortunately, at this point in time, means postponing FanX 2020," a news release from FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention read. "After discussions with community leaders, health officials, and the surge of COVID-19 cases in Utah the past few weeks, we feel it’s in the best interest of our community to postpone."
The company thanked the community for its support of its 12 prior events and stated plans for the 2021 convention were already underway. The release announced FanX 2021's date as September 16-18, 2021, and all tickets already purchased are automatically valid for the 2021 event. Tickets can be redeemed for another future event or gifted. Individuals requesting refunds can contact customer support before Aug. 15 and charges will be reversed on credit cards, the release states.
"Even though we aren’t able to meet in person right now, we can’t wait to hang out with our FanX family online," the release noted, announcing that elements of FanX, such as virtual celebrity meet and greets, would be available through FanX's social media accounts prior to next year's convention.
In prior years, FanX has seen attendance between 50,000 and 110,000 guests during its busy weekend as fans flocked from around the country to a self-proclaimed "Super Bowl of geeks" with red carpet celebrity walks, thousands of vendors, and large panels.
"We hope everyone is staying as safe and healthy as possible," the news release read. "We can’t wait to see you all again in September 2021!"
The postponement came the same day as a record-breaking 867 new cases of COVID-19 and 2 new deaths were reported in Utah, part of a larger nationwide surge as the country grapples with its pandemic response.