When

August 13 - 17, 2025

Where

Seattle, WA.

Who

You!

About the bid

Seattle has a long history of fandom and fannish activity. The Pacific Northwest Region supports several long running conventions including Norwescon, Orycon, and Rustycon.

As a desination city Seattle and the surronding region is bursting with natural and cultural attractions to satisfy just about everyone.

Convention Center

The Seattle 2025 Worldcon, if selected, will be held in the brand new (opening January 2023) Summit expansion to The Washington State Convention Center in the heart of downtown Seattle. The under-construction Summit is a fully accessible building, with about 150,000 square feet of exhibit space and 100,000 square feet of carpeted meeting space. The space is divisible into up to 62 meeting rooms, with extensive ballrooms and lobby space, a flex hall, and a lovely fourth-floor garden terrace.

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Hotels

We are currently negotiating with eleven hotels within a seven-block radius of the Convention Center, with first-right-of-refusal offers in hand for a sufficient number of rooms to serve the membership of the convention. The nearest hotels are one block or less from the Summit site. Our proposed dates (August 13–17, 2025) are at the peak of tourist season and the region's most beautiful summer weather, which means relatively high hotel room rates. The Convention Center expansion is less than one block from city bus service and four blocks from light rail, and we will additionally provide guidance to find lower-cost options outside the downtown core.

International Airport

SeaTac International Airport (SEA) is a major hub for several airlines. The biggest carrier is Alaska Airlines with Southwest as a close second. There are direct flights from Dublin, Tokyo, London, New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, and many other cities. All major US carriers have some sort of flight into and out of SeaTac as do most international carriers.

City Transportation

SeaTac International is 15 miles from downtown Seattle. There are many fantastic options for transportation into Seattle from the airport. Link light rail provides a 50 minute train/subway ride from the airport directly to downtown Seattle. From the Westlake Station stop, you will be approximately 6 blocks from the convention center. Cost for a one-way ride on link light rail is $2.25 to $3.25, and tickets can be purchased on the platform.

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Restaurant Scene

Seattle is a foodie town, and the restaurant scene is both varied and awesome. You can get any cuisine you want in downtown Seattle. The Summit convention center expansion itself will have counter service and sit-down options. Within one block of the convention center are a wide variety of restaurants at a variety of price points, including the popular Dough Zone Dumpling House and Daawat Indian Grill & Bar. As the convention center is currently under construction, these options will shift as the building nears completion. Two blocks away is Pacific Place, with a gallery of restaurants (Johnny Rocket's, Pike Place Chowder, and Din Tai Fung among others) on the top floor. Westlake Place has a food truck extravaganza. Pike Place Market, with several food options, is a seven-block walk from the convention center. In between and all around is the heart of the city, with a wide variety of options at every level.

Weather

Weather that will make you suspect Seattle residents lie about the rainy weather. It will likely be in the 70s to 80s and sunny.

Tourist Attractions

There is no shortage of fun things to do in Seattle, whether your tastes run to the educational, natural, or quirky. Within walking distance of the convention center, check out Pike Place Market, one of the country's oldest continuously operating farmers' markets, for a variety of produce, food, art, and crafts. Also close at hand are the Seattle Art Museum, the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), which includes the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, the award-winning Seattle Public Library, and the Olympic Sculpture Park. A little farther afield, you'll find Elliott Bay Bookstore, the Museum of Flight, the Pacific Science Center and much more.

From the Seattle waterfront, you can take a variety of tours on the water, including boat rides through the Ballard Locks, tours of Elliot Bay, and day trips to Blake Island.

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Parties and Alcohol

We will be able to have parties in sleeping rooms. However, if groups wish to serve alcohol in an open-party environment, WA state law requires that they have a special occasion license. These licenses are $60/per event and can only be obtained by a 501c3.The license also requires that you sell your drinks at cost. Since the license gives you access to purchase alcohol at wholesale prices from special stores, you can sell drinks for .50 cents. Additionally, the WA State Liquor and Cannabis Control Board has recently re-interpreted the special occasion license and will only grant one license per location per group. There is a work around for this, ...

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Bid Committee

Kathy Bond
Kathy Bond

Co-Chair

SunnyJim Morgan
SunnyJim Morgan

Co-Chair

 

Alan Bond, member at large

Kevin Black, member at large

Don Glover, member at large

Shawn Marier, member at large

About the committee