Possible Change of Location for OTFCC 04!
Monday, March 29th, 2004 10:12pm CSTCategory: Rumors
Posted by: Professor Smooth Views: 27,731
I know everyone is antsy about the recent change in venue for OTFCC 2004 and would like to know a little about what´s going on behind-the-scenes. I also understand that some reassurance on my part would go a long way in calming the collective consciousness of the fan community. I know I´ve also said I´d give a status update today, as well.
With that being said, please keep in mind NOTHING HAS BEEN SIGNED â€“ no contracts, no monies exchanged, nothing. This is what we have been working on all last week and until ALL parties are settled and signed, this will not be considered "official". That means, among other things, no hotels will have the discounted rooms available in their systems should you decide to be proactive and call to reserve your room. This is a WORK IN PROGRESS. I hope to have contracts signed by this week.
Having said THAT, we are working on changing the venue from the Hyatt Regency O´Hare to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE HYATT, with the "official" hotels (that is, those hotels with discounted room rates) to include the Holiday Inn (soon to be a Crowne Regency on June 1) with rooms at $92 per night and 1-2 other hotels nearby, giving us a combined room availability of 400-500 rooms for the weekend. These hotels are also ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE HYATT. So, that means no date changes and no airport changes. It´s as if you were going to the Hyatt and just moving across the street. THAT´S how close they are to each other.
So, there you have it. Status update and all. I will officially announce the venue change with all pertinent hotel info when we sign with all the different companies. I hope this calms everyone in light of the hotel situation 2 weeks ago. As I said before, there is no need to panic because things are pretty much OK when this is all confirmed.
The Stevens´ Convention Center has a main hall that dwarfs the hall that hosted OTFCC ´03. There are a few smaller halls inside the center that would seem to be better sized to host the convention marking the 20th Anniversary of our favorite toyline.