Aug. 29 to
Sept. 2, 2002
BA 2002 Press Releases
SAN FRANCISCO IN 2002
FOR RELEASE THURSDAY, JUNE 17, 1999
11:00 AM PACIFIC STANDARD TIME
Contact: Kevin Standlee <email@example.com>
BAY AREA GROUP TO BID ONLY FOR SAN JOSE WORLDCON;
SAN FRANCISCO BID WITHDRAWN
The Bay Area in 2002 Worldcon Bid Committee has withdrawn their bid for San Francisco, leaving only the bid for San Jose, California. The Bay Area group filed both bids earlier this year, planning to give voters the opportunity to choose between them; however, the Argent Hotel, planned as San Francisco's headquarters facility, has recently booked another group into the space, making the San Francisco site impractical.
Earlier this year, the Bay Area in 2002 Bid Committee announced that the hotel they originally planned to use as their headquarters, the San Francisco Marriott, had withdrawn from negotiations with the committee and would not be available. Bay Area in 2002 put together an alternate proposal centered on the Argent (formerly ANA) Hotel, one of the 1993 Worldcon hotels. In the meantime, the San Jose Convention & Visitors' Bureau presented the Bay Area committee with an attractive proposal centered on San Jose. The Bay Area committee decided to let the site selection voters make the decision, and filed both bids with Aussiecon Three, the Worldcon administering the election.
On June 14, the Argent informed the Bay Area bid hotel liaison, Michael Siladi, that they had given the necessary space in the hotel to another group that was able to make a firm commitment now. The convention bid chair, Kevin Standlee, after meeting with members of the committee, determined that, without the Argent, the Bay Area in 2002 bid would be unable to put together a workable San Francisco proposal.
"It was a hard decision for us", said Standlee. "We originally promised fandom a Worldcon in San Francisco, and we very much wanted to deliver on that promise if that was what people wanted, but we had to consider the viabilty of the site. Without the either the Marriott or the Argent, we simply didn't have enough hotel rooms within easy walking distance of the San Francisco Moscone Convention Center. Meanwhile, we had a very promising alternative in San Jose. It is a good site, and the local hotels and convention center are very eager to have our business."
The Bay Area in 2002 Committee now is concentrating all of its attention on the San Jose bid. The site centered on the San Jose facility includes approximately 1500 hotel rooms within about 300 meters/1000 feet of the San Jose Convention 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.
Memberships in Bay Area in 2002 remain valid for the San Jose site, even if they were purchased when the bid was only for a San Francisco site.
Members of Aussiecon Three, the 1999 Worldcon, will vote on the site of the 2002 Worldcon. Aussiecon Three will issue site-selection ballots soon. You must be an attending or supporting member of Aussiecon Three to vote. You need not actually attend Aussiecon Three to vote, because you can vote by mail, or give your ballot to someone else to carry to Australia for you.
The bid will post additional information on their web site, http://www.sfsfc.org/worldcon/, as it becomes available. Representatives of the bids plan to be at Midwestcon, Westercon, Conucopia, and Aussiecon Three to answer questions. Fans may also send questions to the bid via electronic mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by ordinary mail to PO Box 61363, Sunnyvale CA 94088-1363 USA.
The Bay Area in 2002 Bid plans to release more information about the San Jose site in Progress Report -1, scheduled for publication as soon as Aussiecon Three produces the site selection ballot, probably in early July. This progress report will be sent to all of the bid's registered supporters.
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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