Aug. 29 to
Sept. 2, 2002
BA 2002 Press Releases
SAN FRANCISCO IN 2002
FOR RELEASE 27 MARCH 1998
SAN FRANCISCO WORLDCON BID COMMITTEE CONFIRMS PROPOSED DATES
Citing a conflict with the event using the facility immediately before their desired dates, the San Francisco in 2002 Worldcon bid has shifted the proposed dates of their Worldcon by one day. If selected, San Francisco's Worldcon will run from Friday, August 30 through Tuesday, September 3.
A major city-wide convention happening the previous week in San Francisco is the cause of the shift in dates. According to SF2002's Facilities Liaison, Crickett Fox, an overlap with the Fancy Food Show, which will use the entire Moscone Center complex and all surrounding hotel space, means that SF2002 cannot take possession of its reserved space in the Moscone Center until Thursday morning. One day of move-in time is required to set up the space for the convention. This move-in constraint forced the SF2002 bid to rethink its proposed convention dates.
"We considered other options," said bid Chairman Kevin Standlee, "including moving to a different weekend in the summer of 2002. However, San Francisco is a popular convention destination, and Moscone Center is booked in excess of 90% - there are no other dates available between Memorial Day and the first weekend of September of 2002. Shortening our proposed Worldcon to four days (Friday through Monday) was also considered, but discarded as an alternative, inasmuch as we felt that Fandom has come to expect a full five days for its annual 'Gathering of the Tribes.'"
The bid had previously announced its intention to hold the 2002 Worldcon on "the traditional Labor Day Weekend." Standlee said, "Some people have pointed out that our new dates still include the three days of the holiday weekend, but I believe most fans consider the 'traditional' dates of Worldcon to be the Thursday through Monday of the weekend including the first Monday of September; therefore, we felt we needed to announce our intent to hold our convention on dates that are one day different than the traditional ones."
Additional information about the date change will be posted on the bid's web site (http://www.sfsfc.org/worldcon) and will be printed in the bid's next progress report, scheduled to be released at this year's Worldcon, Bucconeer.
San Francisco in 2002, a committee of San Francisco Science Fiction Conventions, Inc. (the parent corporation of ConFrancisco, the 1993 Worldcon) is bidding for the right to host the 2002 Worldcon. Members of Aussiecon Three, the 1999 Worldcon in Melbourne, Australia, will vote to choose the site of the 2002 Worldcon.
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