A huge lightsaber fight will take place on opening night of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Fans will celebrate the highly-anticipated new film by coordinating simultaneous lightsaber fights in six different cities: Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Orlando, and New York City. It's an ambitious effort, with the ultimate goal of setting a new world record for biggest lightsaber battle. People that are interested can look at the Facebook page of the The Lightsaber Academy for more information, and a donation of $10 will secure a lightsaber for you on December 18.
I think this a cool idea, but coordination will be difficult across all the different cities. Guinness representatives will have to tally participant counts, and someone will have to actually direct the participants. I didn't see any rules as far as actual combat goes on the event website, but when you get 2000 people together in one area with fake swords, someone's bound to get hurt. I can't imagine that lightsaber possession will fly in all movie theaters, given recent events and tightened security, so I hope that there's space in the participating cities for this lightsaber battle to safely take place. That said, I'm excited to see what this looks like, and hope that the fans do manage to set a world record. Hopefully we'll get some photos or videos from this event on December 18th, and we'll keep you posted when find out more.