METROCON is Florida’s largest anime convention!
METROCON started as a idea by the founders of AnimeMetro.com. AnimeMetro.com is an online anime community with over 5000 members. Over time, it seemed only natural for the members to want to meet each other in real life. People meet, form attachments and naturally want to meet each other. And what better place than at an anime convention?
Starting off at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Tampa, FL in 2003, METROCON quickly outgrew it’s first venue. In 2005 METROCON was held for the first time at Tampa Convention Center in the heart of Downtown Tampa, where it is still currently held. The first year at the Tampa Convention Center also marked the convention’s first year as Florida’s Largest Anime Convention, and has since held that title thanks to its loyal fans.
Since its inception, METROCON has continuously evolved, blazing the path for events like the Anime Human Chess Match, the Fantasy Masquerade, and more recently live fire shows and the METRO Star Party. METROCON has continued to grow not only in popularity, but also in space, with the Main Events Room moving upstairs to the Tampa Convention Center’s West Hall (a whopping 75,000 square feet!) in 2007. By utilizing innovative new ideas and acquiring some of the best staff in the industry, METROCON has set the bar for anime convention entertainment around the country.
In 2010, METROCON, LLC (the company that brought forth the event) merged into the company Team Dynamite Productions, LLC, an entertainment and event production company founded by Nicholas Fazio and Alex Craddock, two of the three core staff members who have helped bring METROCON to the community since 2007.
Looking towards the future, METROCON has announced that if attendance reaches 10,000 fans, they will expand to a four-day-long event!
Tampa Convention Center
333 S. Franklin Street Tampa, Florida 33602
(813) 274-8511 1-800/426-5630 FAX: (813) 274-7430
The Tampa Convention Center, located directly on the waterfront in the heart of downtown Tampa, hosts a variety of conventions, tradeshows, and other special events year-round. The 600,000 square foot building offers 200,000 square feet of exhibit space, a 36,000 square foot ballroom, and 36 breakouts which total over 42,000 square feet. Outdoor areas which overlook the beautiful water of Tampa Bay are available for group functions up to 7500 people.
The Center is conveniently located within walking distance to hotels, restaurants and clubs. So…after a busy day of lectures, seminars or classes, attendees are welcome to visit Ybor City, Channelside (movie theaters, restaurants, shops and nightclubs) or the Florida Aquarium, located just a few steps away.
For more information please visit the Metrocon 2014 website.