This decision wasn’t an easy one to make. We’ve debated this for a while now, but with last year’s attendance hitting an all time high we noticed our funds taking an absolutely massive hit. Previous Nyancon couldn’t be brought to you without many of the student body’s personal funds being hit in some way, shape, or form. When meetings for Nyancon 2017 started, we weren’t even sure we’d be able to hold it. We were in one of the worst places we’ve been in financially as a club in the entire time the club has been together. So we started thinking. More bake sales, more fundraising, nothing we imagined could possibly help to make Nyancon as amazing as we want it to be. So the college’s student leadership suggested an entry fee.
We loved being free. We felt that it was the perfect way to bring a slice of conventions to our hometown and give as much to the anime and pop culture community as we could. Last year was amazing. With just under 2500 attendees, we never imagined our little convention would grow so big. The bad side of growth though is that costs start to rise. More security, more space, more rentals, more advertising. Every dime counts when planning. So we decided as a team that we had to have the fee. But, we’re making as many steps to make it as absolutely positive as we can. Kids under 5 will always have access to Nyancon for free, and we’re looking into other ways to bring discounts and value to attendees. So, this year’s Nyancon will have a $5 entry fee. You can be assured that with this badge you will have access to everything Nyancon has become known for. We’re looking at bringing even more amazing guests to you as well as more musical acts than we’ve ever had. We’ve looked at the feedback that you’ve given us and are doing everything we can to meet these expectations. We’re hopeful that despite the change, you’ll find $5 an acceptable hit for everything we provide. What you get for Nyancon 2017’s entry fee will be announced soon.
Again, we know this will be met with resistance, but we hope you understand exactly why we’re having to charge. And don’t worry. Any money raised by the event will go into making next year’s Nyancon an even more amazing event. The staff is all volunteers with a common goal. We all want you to have fun, and become heroes.
Expect more info soon, and thank you for all of your understanding.