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Posted 27 April 2008 - 08:25 PM

I'm sure this has probably already been answered.. but I was wondering how many people usually attend ACEN in all. This is my first big con and I'd like to know what I'm up against. =]
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Posted 27 April 2008 - 08:55 PM

Well last year we had about 14,000+ people at the con.

Last I heard the pre-reg numbers were over 7,000+ people.

Normally pre-reg is about 1/3rd of our fans who come.

This year my guess is 16,000-17,500. But who knows I could be way off.
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Posted 27 April 2008 - 09:17 PM

http://en.wikipedia....i/Anime_Central

For all past numbers :), Use them to guesstimate.


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Posted 27 April 2008 - 09:41 PM

Thanks. =]
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Posted 27 April 2008 - 09:45 PM

lots of people O_O and i'll be in a fur mini...*gulp*
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Posted 28 April 2008 - 07:46 AM

Gonna guess around 13,000. No major increases.

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 07:49 AM

so do they have the pro-reg numbers for this year?...
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Posted 28 April 2008 - 08:02 AM

If they have all of the info in a database of some sort, shouldn't be hard at all to query up a general count.

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 08:11 AM

OMIGOSH, ACEN ATTENDEES WERE...OVER 9,000!!!~~

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 08:13 AM

View Postrondo, on Apr 28 2008, 08:46 AM, said:

Gonna guess around 13,000. No major increases.



I'm gonna guess aroung 14,000....
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Posted 28 April 2008 - 08:20 AM

Having gone for a few years now I have really noticed the growth in size. The hallways and elevators are where you really notice how big it is. Last year was the first year I ever tried going to a panel and it was full.
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Posted 28 April 2008 - 09:42 AM

I generalize saying we have 15k
But that's probably the most we'll get.
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Posted 28 April 2008 - 09:51 AM

View Postakaikurama, on Apr 28 2008, 08:49 AM, said:

so do they have the pro-reg numbers for this year?...

This is my question as well.

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 11:10 AM

It seems that the trend for attendees seems to be 1,000-2,000 more per year, so I'm guessing we'll have a max of 15,000, but probably somewhere in the lower 14,000 range, possibly upper 13,000's.

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Posted 01 May 2008 - 08:21 AM

View Post`Aygen`, on Apr 27 2008, 10:17 PM, said:

http://en.wikipedia....i/Anime_Central

For all past numbers :), Use them to guesstimate.


Freaking crap, what the heck happened between the '04/'05 ACens that made the increase triple? Ironic actually, '05 is the first year I joined! :D
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Posted 01 May 2008 - 08:27 AM

Somewhere around 14K is what my guess would be. I don't see there being a massive increase from the prior year because of the fact that last year was the 10th anniversary...

But if it ever did get bigger I'm wondering if they would have to move the con....Wouldn't it be a blast if it was at the McCormick place? Just think of all that room! (but then again there aren't many hotels around that area and the few that are are expensive) heh. we could sleep on the floor. There would be plenty of room.



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Posted 01 May 2008 - 08:32 AM

Too bad it's not in McCormick Place this year... there is another convention there the same weekend as Acen that I'm supposed to go to for work, and then I could just hit them both up with no problems.

How many hotels are next to McCormick place?

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Posted 01 May 2008 - 08:33 AM

View Postsailorgaia, on Apr 28 2008, 09:11 AM, said:

OMIGOSH, ACEN ATTENDEES WERE...OVER 9,000!!!~~

::cough::

Yeah.



Vegita; Whats the scouter say about their atendance numbers?

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I wonder how many we'll have this year. Because it grows like CRAZY every year.
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Posted 01 May 2008 - 09:08 AM

View PostAj-chan, on May 1 2008, 10:32 AM, said:

Too bad it's not in McCormick Place this year... there is another convention there the same weekend as Acen that I'm supposed to go to for work, and then I could just hit them both up with no problems.

How many hotels are next to McCormick place?

From the website:

"The Hyatt Regency McCormick Place is connected to the convention center; you can contact them at 312-567-1234.

Additionally, the city commuter train service, METRA links many of the downtown hotels with the facility; you can get further information by going to www.metrarail.com.

For area hotel listings contact The Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau at 877-244-2246, or visit their web site at www.choosechicago.com.

Finally, if you are attending an event, contact the organizer that is hosting your event. Many organizers provide shuttle service connecting hotel groups in the downtown area to the facility.
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So basically, there is only one connecting hotel, and you would have to do a search to find other hotels nearby. Hotels in Chicago are damn expensive, though. You'd think that the largest convention center in the country would have the most hotel accomodations in the country as well, rather than one hotel.

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 09:54 AM

For everyone asking about the pre-reg numbers...sammy stated them already in this thread :P Scroll up a bit!

View Postsammy-45, on Apr 27 2008, 09:55 PM, said:

Well last year we had about 14,000+ people at the con.

Last I heard the pre-reg numbers were over 7,000+ people.

Normally pre-reg is about 1/3rd of our fans who come.

This year my guess is 16,000-17,500. But who knows I could be way off.

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 02:37 PM

Wow, I feel dumb then. I thought she was saying that those pre-reg numbers were for last year. :blush:

I will try to read more betterer from now on. :P

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 02:53 PM

View PostDesertLily, on Apr 28 2008, 01:10 PM, said:

It seems that the trend for attendees seems to be 1,000-2,000 more per year, so I'm guessing we'll have a max of 15,000, but probably somewhere in the lower 14,000 range, possibly upper 13,000's.

From wikipedia's entry on ACen: "The last convention, held in 2007, had an estimated 12,769 attendees, including staff, comps, guest and entourage, and exhibitors."

I second DesertLily's guess with my crystal balls placing the final total in the low-mid 14k unless "the balls are inert."

It's interesting to note that in spite of the huge list of guests last year (for the 10th anniversary), there was only a 7.6% increase in attendance from ACen 06. Compared this # to the prior year, ACen 06 had a 13.7% increase, while having a guest list that's half of ACen 07.

Maybe this year with a smaller guest list, there'll be a projected double-digit percent increase in attendance (15% maybe). *Great, now I sound like a biz analyst.*

Furthermore as of now, there has been 4 ACen-reserved hotels filled with a fifth one just opened. Last year, there was only 2-3 filled. Comparing these two, this could mean lots more people than usual are attending this year.

With Anime Boston having ~14,300 attendance perhaps due to the Pillows (shake fist), I hope we can break this.

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 05:11 PM

I don't think any of you are taking into account all the advertsing that we have been doing this year.

And if you read what I said in my other post about there being over 7,000 pre-regs already for this year and that pre-reg is only 1/3 of the people who come to the con.

so take 7,000 x 3 = 21,000.

I made my numbers a bit lower, but they could be closer to this.

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