Press Releases

October 1, 2008

News for Metrocon 2009:

Metrocon announces 2009 dates and rates

TAMPA BAY, FL, October 1, 2008 – METROCON officially announced today that METROCON 7 – Florida’s largest anime convention – will take place on the weekend of July 19-21, 2009, at the Tampa Convention Center in downtown Tampa.

Additionally, Pre-Registration is now open for purchase of both regular Weekend Passes and a maximum of 200 VIP Weekend Passes. Pricing is as follows:

VIP Pass (max. 200) - $100.00

Adult Weekend Pass -
Tier 1: $40.00 from 09/19/2008 to 11/30/2008
Tier 2: $44.00 from 12/01/2008 to 01/31/2009
Tier 3: $48.00 from 02/01/2009 to 05/31/2009
Child Weekend Pass -
Tier 1: $20.00 from 09/19/2008 to 11/30/2008
Tier 2: $25.00 from 12/01/2008 to 05/31/2009

See the Registration Page on the convention website for Group Pricing.

At the Door Prices:

Weekend Pass:
Adult: $55.00
Child (6-12): $25.00
Day Pass:
Adult: $25.00
Child: $10.00

Adult: $30.00
Child: $10.00

Adult: $25.00
Child: $10.00

METROCON is a weekend-long celebration of the numerous facets of Japanese popular entertainment – from anime (Japanese animation), manga (Japanese comics), J-pop and J-Rock (Japanese pop and rock music, performed by “idols”) to cosplay (costume design and performance) and video games.

Events at METROCON this year includes: - The “Anime Human Chess Match”- Year 6, “The Fantasy Masquerade” formal ballroom dance, “Anime Idol” J-Pop/J-Rock Competition; - A “gong show style” cosplay competition and a costume contest; dealers’/exhibition room; - Artists’ Alley; “DDR Extreme” Tournaments; - An Anime Music Video contest; - Official convention screenings of new North American releases; - Panels with North American anime industry guests; - Live Celebrity Commentaries with the industry guests;- Dances and karaoke; - The METROCADE video game room; and finally, continuous hours of Japanese anime and related programming.

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