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- WisCon 41 deadline: April 20, 2017
Being able to stay in a room in the Concourse Hotel is one of the pleasures of WisCon — and also one of the biggest financial barriers to attending the convention. As part of our commitment to affordability, each year WisCon is able to provide a limited number of rooms with discounted rates. We hope that offering this discount can help just a few more people get to WisCon by making your stay a bit more affordable.
Though we call it a “discount,” the way it actually works is that WisCon will pick up the tab for the Sunday night of your stay. To be eligible, you must be staying at the Concourse on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. You may be staying longer, but must at least be staying on these three nights.
We generally have 6 double rooms (with 2 queen beds) available on the the sixth floor, although the number, type, and location of the rooms may vary slightly from year to year depending on what space the convention needs for programming. Because the number of discounted rooms is very limited, we make these rooms available through a lottery system — details below.
Because the rooms that are marked as “eligible discounted sleeping rooms” tend to be on the sixth floor, that puts them on the same floor where many of the parties are held in the evenings and also where the safer spaces and the Con Suite are. This means that there’s more noise generated by foot traffic, elevators, and so on. If you are someone who needs a very quiet room with not many people passing by at all hours, then the discounted rooms may not be a good fit for you.
We do not ask specifics of your need for a room — we assume that if you request a discounted room that you need one. But because we have a limited number of eligible rooms, we offer rooms to members via a lottery. We do track who receives a discounted room and may remove your name from the lottery if you received one last year and we have more requests than rooms available. If we do not receive more requests than rooms, then you may receive a discounted room two years in a row.
Every year we will take requests during a set period, then conduct a drawing to determine who receives the discount. We announce the request period via our blog, social media, and email newsletter. Keep an eye out every spring for the announcement with details on how to enter the lottery.