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Posted on Tue, Aug 28, 2012 : 3:13 p.m.

U-Con gaming convention moves from Ann Arbor to Ypsilanti

By Katrease Stafford


The conference will move to the Marriott in Ypsilanti.

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The annual U-Con gaming convention has moved from the Michigan Union to the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest in Ypsilanti, according to the Ypsilanti Courier.

The U-Con, which is the largest gaming convention in Michigan, features live-action role-playing games, board and card games.

The convention began in 1988 as a student organization at the University of Michigan and now brings 500-600 gamers together for the 24-year-old event, according to the Courier.

U-Con President Joe Saul said the move is occurring because the event organizers were looking for a place with less parking and traffic woes.

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Wed, Aug 29, 2012 : 3:24 a.m.

Hecky yeah, bring more to Ypsi, we are not that bad of a city.


Wed, Aug 29, 2012 : 1:43 p.m.

Agreed. With plus 500 or more people coming this will up swing the downtown area and the area just south of there. Whittaker Road has a nice strip mall with a nice restaurant if people do not want that restaurant across from the hotel. Folks? Downtown has a nice variety of restaurant and parking is free after six. Can't wait to see the upsurge.


Wed, Aug 29, 2012 : 1:43 a.m.

It was held in Romulus last year. I'd say they moved out a year ago.


Tue, Aug 28, 2012 : 11:28 p.m.

*Whew*....I didn't think we could take that many nerds at once.


Wed, Aug 29, 2012 : 1:48 p.m.

That is why the Con is leaving Ann Arbor.

Susan Montgomery

Tue, Aug 28, 2012 : 9:42 p.m.

"U-Con President Joe Saul said the move is occurring because the event organizers were looking for a place with less parking and traffic woes." First time I read it as his wanting a place with "less parking" and "traffic woes," in which case he should have stayed at the Union... :)


Wed, Aug 29, 2012 : 1:46 p.m.

Actually Susan? If you read it as one sentence Ann Arbor is a nightmare with less parking more traffic woes then Ypsilanti does. You can find a place to park in Ypsilanti without the nightmare Ann Arbor has. Besides you guys got Tent City and we get the Con. Thanks for the trade.


Tue, Aug 28, 2012 : 9:41 p.m.

Is this why the mayor wants a convention center downtown?


Tue, Aug 28, 2012 : 9:13 p.m.

hmmm...guess the "big dig" wasn't big enough :-)


Wed, Aug 29, 2012 : 4:21 a.m.

jns131 is right, the move off-campus is more about expanding the convention than just getting cheaper parking, though the parking helps. They were forced to move off campus last year because of a change in the football schedule (overlapping with football is a disaster), and discovered that lots of convention attendees really liked being able to stay on site.


Tue, Aug 28, 2012 : 9:31 p.m.

It was, but according to the other article? This gives them more room to grow bigger. Ann Arbor cannot offer this and Ann Arbor has UM students with cars and no ample room for parking. Especially at the prices they are charging to park at those structures.


Tue, Aug 28, 2012 : 8:40 p.m.

I can't imagine that many people in one place trying to find parking in a town that has none. Except the one by the library or on Liberty. Hate to say it but this was a great move on their part.


Wed, Aug 29, 2012 : 1:51 p.m.

That was in the past. The Union wanted to give those passes to the students who could pay for it rather then give out free passes. With 500 plus people attending the Union looses money rather then gain it. Overall Ypsilanti won this time and this will give Ypsilanti a nice boon to our economy. We have the Heritage, WR Airshow and now this.


Wed, Aug 29, 2012 : 4:15 a.m.

In the past the Con was held at the UM Student Union, and you could buy a parking pass for the UM parking garage between Division and Thompson, right behind the Union.


Tue, Aug 28, 2012 : 7:26 p.m.

Good move!