March 13–15, 2020
Overland Park Convention Center & Overland Park Sheraton Hotel

18+ Wristband Policy

NOTE: These rules were last edited on February 9th, 2020.

In expanding on the success of 2018’s new 18+ wristbands, and in response to the ever growing crowds and the confusion they can cause, Naka-Kon has decided to move to a mandatory wristband for the 18+ panels in 2019 and onward. 

At this time these wristbands will not be necessary to obtain for any other age restricted ticketed events such as the 18+ screenings or to enter an admission into an 18+ contest. You will still need a wristband to attend the 18+ AMV contest and Cos-lesque, but the other items mentioned will simply require valid, government issued, photo ID at the door.

Wristbands are free to acquire. Attendees may receive a wristband for that night’s programming  at the 18+ Wristband Table in the pre-function area of Sheraton’s Cottonwood rooms. Wristbands will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, and do not guarantee entrance into any specific panel. To get a wristband, you must provide a valid, non-expired, government-issued, photo ID (such as a passport or a driver’s license) and a valid Naka-Kon 2019 badge for that day or for the full weekend.

You will not be permitted into the 18+ area/panels without a wristband, even with a valid, non-expired, government issued, photo ID shown at the door. You will not be able to pick up a wristband for someone else. 

Our ID check table will be open 12:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m. on Friday, and 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. on Saturday. Wristbands are valid only for the day they are picked up, and thus must be obtained each day for that night’s panels.

If you lose your wristband, or if it breaks, please try to return the damaged wristband to the ID Check table when requesting a replacement. You will have to show identification to receive your replacement.

Once inside the 18+ area you will be free to jump between on going panels, but you may not start lining up for a panel that has not started yet. 18+ lines will be located in the Registration hall this year starting around 9pm on Friday, and will no longer be allowed in the Cottonwood pre-function area. Anyone lining up outside of Cottonwood panel doors will be directed outside of the 18+ area to the appropriate designated line up area. Lines will begin no earlier than 30 minutes prior to each new panel’s starting time.

Lines will have a limited number of spots according to the seating allowance in the Cottonwood room.
    Cottonwood 1: 300
    Cottonwood 2: 480
    Cottonwood 3: 450

If extra space is available in a panel room after it starts, this will be made clear on a WhiteBoard outside of the 18+ panel area. Please do not try to enter any panel rooms after panels have started without first speaking to the staff at the door.

If you need accessible entry to any 18+ panels, feel free to speak with the Access Control staffer handling line-up in Reg Hall, or with the Access Control staff at the 18+ area about how we can assist you. 

If Naka-Kon staff believe you have been wrongly given a wristband, they may stop you in line and ask to see identification, so remember to carry ID with you to your panel! If you are caught giving or selling your wristband to another person, both parties will be removed from Naka-Kon and your membership will be revoked, regardless of the underage status of the receiving party.

Naka-Kon reserves the right to deny entrance of 18+ panels or to deny a wristband. If we believe your identification is fake, it will be confiscated by the Access Control director. If you believe your identification has been wrongly confiscated, Kon Ops and Access Control will work with you to make sure the situation is resolved properly.


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