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BA 2002 Press Releases


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In an unprecedented move, the SF in 2002  Worldcon Bid Committee has filed a second Worldcon bid for a site in San Jose, California.  The bid is for the same weekend, for the same committee, with different facilities.

"Until recently, our negotiations with the primary  property we wanted to use in San Francisco, the Marriott, had been going well," said  Kevin Standlee, the chair of the bid.  "A few weeks ago, however, they wrote to us  demanding a number of concessions, both financial and organizational, which would prevent  us from being able to offer the type of Worldcon that fans expect."

"While we were prepared to continue negotiating with  the Marriott, they have made it clear that we are not going to be able to reach an  acceptable compromise," continued  Standlee. "Instead, we are preparing a package  similar to that used in San Francisco in 1993, although the convention would not be as  spread out as ConFrancisco was. This  would involve other hotels in the area of the San  Francisco Moscone Convention Center, some of which are actually closer to the Moscone  Center than the Marriott.  Fortunately, there are now more hotels in San Francisco's  downtown than there were in 1993."

While the SF in 2002 committee negotiated with the  Marriott, the San Jose Convention  and Visitors Bureau approached them with an attractive  proposal. The site centered on the San Jose facility includes approximately 1500 hotel  rooms as close to the McEnery  Convention Center as the Marriott is to the Moscone Center.  In addition, the San Jose facilities are less expensive to rent, include less-expensive  parking, and are adjacent to a  24-hour-per-day light rail system that connects the  Convention Center to more than 1000 additional hotel rooms.

San Jose is less than 50 miles from San Francisco. Two  freeways and a regular rail  service run directly between "The Heart of Silicon  Valley" and "The City by the Bay." Travel time between the two cities is  between 60 and 90 minutes. Even if the Worldcon is  in San Jose, fans wishing to visit  Alcatraz or Fisherman's Wharf would still be able to do so.

"San Francisco with the Marriott is a great site for  a Worldcon," said Tom Whitmore,  chair of the Operating Committee for the convention,  "and we will continue to try to secure it. The other two possibilities, San Francisco  without the Marriott, or San Jose,  are both good, but are less than what we had hoped to  offer. Our committee was undecided as to which was the best option. Using San Jose,  California's third-largest  city, will undoubtedly allow us to offer cheaper hotel  rooms and membership prices; San Francisco is a world-class city with fabulous attractions  that this committee has spent  several years promoting. Which is best? The answer was  obvious: we should let the voters choose."

Never before has one committee bid for two venues.  "It's going to be fun," said  Standlee. "We have put some excitement  back into the race for 2002, and we get to throw one party with two sides. We're  going to promote each site equally, and give full  information about the advantages of  each. And we certainly hope that anyone who wants to come to one will come to the  other!"

"Fans should be aware that site negotiations are  still continuing. We are still talking to the Marriott, and to other hotels in San  Francisco. And we are still evaluating the San  Jose site. Anyone wanting up-to-date information before voting should contact us through our web site, e-mail, at conventions, or by paper mail."

Reflecting the dual nature of the bid, the  committee's name changes to "Bay Area in 2002," with the slogan "Now  We're Between The Rock and a hard(ware) place," alluding  to Alcatraz and the  Silicon Valley.

Memberships in the Bay Area in 2002 bid at all classes  (Pre-supporting, Pre-opposing, and Friend) remain unchanged from that of San Francisco in  2002, The previously  announced cross-grade offer, whereby members of the now-withdrawn  Seattle in 2002 Bid can take credit toward a membership in the San Francisco in 2002 Bid,  also remains  unchanged. The cross-grade offer is scheduled to continue through April 5,  1999.

Due to a scheduling conflict with the previous event using  Moscone Center, the San  Francisco in 2002 bid is for Friday through Tuesday, August 30  through September 3, 2002. The San Jose in 2002 bid is for the traditional Thursday  through Monday, August  29 through September 2, 2002. The Committee filed both bids with  the administering convention, Aussiecon Three, before the March 7 filing deadline.

Members of Aussiecon Three, the 1999 Worldcon, will vote  on the site of the 2002 Worldcon. Aussiecon Three will issue site-selection ballots later  this year. You must be  an attending or supporting member of Aussiecon Three to vote.

The bid will post additional information on their web  site,, as it  becomes available. Representatives of the bids  plan to be at Eastercon, Minicon, and  Norwescon over the Easter weekend to answer questions. Fans may also send questions to the  bid via electronic mail at, or by ordinary mail to PO Box 61363, Sunnyvale CA 94088-1363 USA.

The Bay Area in 2002 Combined Bid plans to release more  information about its sites in Progress Report -1, scheduled for publication after  Aussiecon Three produces the site  selection ballot. In addition, the bid plans to send a  letter to its more than 1,000 pre-supporting members explaining the decision sometime in  March.



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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