We just got approved for media coverage at Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest so lets take a look at the West Gate area which is right next to the University of Phoenix Stadium. Unlike other conventions that are held in downtown areas, Fan Fest will be held right next door to the entertainment district of Glendale. If you visit West Gate every so often then this article won’t be much help but if you’re attending Fan Fest and have never been to West Gate then hopefully some will find this helpful.


West Gate offers a wide variety of food choices, shopping and an AMC to catch the latest movies.

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Most Friday and Saturday nights you can find some sort of event happening throughout the district, here is what is happening the weekend of Fan Fest:

Friday 12: First The Kingdom (band) 6:30p-9:30p
Friday 12 & Saturday 13: Holiday Carriage Rides (free!) 5p-9p
Saturday 13: Ratio (band) 6:30-9:30p
Saturday 13: Arizona Coyotes v Minnesota Wild (Gila River Arena) 6p

Chances are you’ll be enjoying panels or other activities at Fan Fest all weekend but if you want to mix it up a little bit, there are a few options just a step away from the convention.

A few other notes:

  • Parking is free at West Gate (also the University of Phoenix Stadium will have free parking for Fan Fest)
  • Closest hotels: Holiday Inn Express Suites Glendale, Staybridge Suites Glendale, Renaissance Phoenix Glendale Hotel & Spa
  • City buses run to West Gate but no light rail services (keep in mind Glendale is about 25 minutes from downtown Phoenix)