Anthrocon bumped for . . . 2012 NHL Entry Draft?
The new dates are June 14–17, 2012. Anthrocon was duly rewarded for its flexibility:
Pittsburgh has been given a very rare opportunity to host an event that they have been wanting to host for many years. The only trouble was that the proposed event (and we won't say what it is until it is officially announced) would lie in part over Anthrocon's planned weekend. [...] As much as we love our adopted home city and would do anything in our power to support them, we were hesitant to change the date of our convention after having announced it.
Pittsburgh replied with, "What if we got you another hundred hotel rooms within walking distance of the Convention Center?" — We said, "Where do we sign?"
While the event has not been announced, it has been rumoured that the NHL Entry Draft, convened annually in late June, might be coming to Pittsburgh for the first time since 1997.
The city is home to the Pittsburgh Penguins, who fought the Detroit Red Wings for the Stanley Cup in 2008, and won it from them in 2009.
The Penguins recently moved into a new arena (though it didn't help them this year), and hoped to turn the draft into "a weeklong celebration".
Anthrocon has faced a lack of hotel space in recent years, and this year's lackluster growth was directly attributed to the room shortage. Potential expansion options nearby include the historic Rennaisance Pittsburgh and the recently-built Fairmont Pittsburgh.