Gatecon 2010 will be fan-run convention’s last

Next summer's event in Vancouver will be the last ever for the fan-run organization.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Gatecon 2010 To Be Final Event

Fan-Run Stargate Con to Wrap
after Ten Highly Successful Conventions

After twelve years and ten highly successful conventions staged in Canada and the United Kingdom, the owners of Gatecon have opted to wrap their fan-favorite Stargate events. The final convention will be held July 8-11, 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia at the Sheraton Wall Centre.

“Gatecon has had an incredible run, and the fans, actors, and studios have been amazingly supportive of us, but we have decided to go out on a high note after our tenth convention. With corporate events dominating the convention landscape now more than ever, we have shown that a quality product can be achieved with the right mindset and that quality over quantity is the way forward”, said Richard Pasco, one of Gatecon’s owners.

Gatecon was born in 1998 when fans of television’s Stargate SG-1 were chatting online and bemoaning the lack of merchandise for the show. From those discussions came the idea of hosting a convention for the show – but none of the show fans had even attended a convention, let alone put one together. With perseverance and determination, the first Gatecon was held in 2000, just outside Vancouver Canada, where the show was filmed. Cast and crew from the show attended and were greeted by eager fans. Even the head of MGM Television, Hank Cohen, impressed with the fan support and determination, flew up from Los Angeles to attend that first convention.

Jump forward ten years and Gatecon is stronger and bigger than any of the core group could ever have imagined. It has become a firm favorite with fans and guests alike. Most of the principle cast and crew have appeared on the Gatecon stage. It has become a vessel for substantial fundraising, raising more than a quarter-million dollars for the Make a Wish Foundation, as well as more for the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Gatecon has also created an entity that none of the organizers could possibly have envisaged – one of Family. People from all corners of the globe have used their annual vacations to return to Vancouver, or the UK, to meet up with like-minded folks who have forged friendships as strong as any family bond. People have met at Gatecon and later married, proposals have taken place at the event, as has a wedding ceremony. Some who met at Gatecon have since traveled around the world to support friends in times of joy and sorrow. It is this unique strength of family values that kept Gatecon going, and it is an atmosphere that astounds the cast, crew and guests who arrive as strangers, but leave after three days as part of the extended Gatecon Family.

“We are sad to see our conventions end,” said Pasco, “ but we know the bonds that have been formed, and the friendships born out of Gatecon will be our enduring legacy.”

For more additional information about Gatecon, to see our guest line-up for 2010, or to purchase tickets for the 2010 convention, go to www.gatecon.com

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Mistergroenevingers
mistergroenevingers
11 years ago

Shame. Now I’ll never be able to attend Gatecon. :(

Emma
emma
11 years ago

I think I just cried a little inside. I was hoping to go one day, but will never have the money for 2010. My dream is dead.

Mistergroenevingers
mistergroenevingers
11 years ago

there there emma, don’t cry. perhaps someday we can hold a convention of our own and invite all SG-stars. :)

Scott Watson
11 years ago

Theres a yearly one in the UK if it helps lol

Mistergroenevingers
mistergroenevingers
11 years ago

UK is a lot closer, but didn’t the article say the one in Vancouver will be the last one? Or do you mean a different conference?

Scott Watson
11 years ago

Well in the UK we still have the Chevron Stargate cons: Chevron 7.4 is scheduled for January and Chevron 7.5 is going to be on November of next year I believe.

Daxmaryrussel
daxmaryrussel
11 years ago

Oh, then I must try to make it!

Billz
Billz
11 years ago

The Chevron Cons aren’t any cheaper though.

I was only able to go to Lomdon Comic Con this year because it was so cheap.

Really wanted a group photo of me and all the guests at GateCon aswell.

Scott Watson
11 years ago

Aye it is really expensive, probably be worth it though lol, always been glad to have a Stargate event in the UK. Only reason i’m not going to Chevron 7.4 is because I currently don’t have a car to drive down South.

Is a hell of a lot cheaper at other events such as the one in Glasgow (Downside of that is that they tend to not get as good guests). Did get to meet Robert Picardo at the last one though.

Emma
emma
11 years ago

I always wanted to go to the one in Vancouver because of the location as well. But yeah, I will definitely try to get to some others in the UK. But it would have been awesome to go to Gatecon

GateHunter
GateHunter
11 years ago

Perhaps they stopped because there is no real stargate on tv anymore ;)

Mistergroenevingers
mistergroenevingers
11 years ago

Wow, cheapest programma at Chevron 7.4 weighs in at 78 pounds. That’s some serious cash indeed. Add to that the trip to and from UK and hotel charges and it will be like a fullblown holiday. I wonder how many SGU half season boxes I could get for that… :P

Nkilbourn
nkilbourn
11 years ago

I agree Gatehunter.

The_big_bad
the_big_bad
11 years ago

I went to Gatecon a few years back. Anyone who has the ability to go should; it’s a fantastic experience. I myself will try to get to the last one, regardless of who the special guests might be.

Amaldoran
amaldoran
11 years ago

Wow, I just checked the price for Gatecon: $249. I didn’t realize Dragon*Con was such a deal, at $70. There have at least 6-10 big name stars from the Stargate shows at Dragon*Con along with hundreds of other celebrities. If you can’t make it to Vancouver, you should check out Atlanta on Labor Day weekend. Dragon*Con is a haven for all things sci fi, and we not only get to hobnob with Stargate folks but Star Trek, Star Wars, BSG, Harry Potter, Twilight, etc. Only 11 guests have been announced so far for 2010 Dragon*Con, but by June 2010, over… Read more »

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