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NEWS

  • Aug 24, 2013 - added a new page with maps and navigation information for the convention site.
  • Aug 23, 2013 - expanded the travel and parking pages.
  • Aug 22, 2013 - you can now access program and other convention information from our mobile applications.
  • Aug 21, 2013 - Press Release #32: LoneStarCon 3 Thanks Publishers for Supporting Public Libraries in San Antonio.
  • Aug 20, 2013 - our interactive program guide is now online, with details of all 945 program items!
  • Aug 20, 2013 - the Pocket Program can now be downloaded in PDF format from the publications page.
  • Aug 20, 2013 - Press Release #31: LoneStarCon 3 Partners with Ustream to Broadcast 2013 Hugo Award Ceremony.
  • Aug 19, 2013 - our Restaurant Guide can now be downloaded from the publications page.
  • Aug 13, 2013 - the overall convention schedule is now available including service hours and program highlights.
  • Aug 12, 2013 - Progress Report 5 is now available.
  • Aug 12, 2013 - there will be a ghost walking tour of San Antonio on the evening of Thursday, August 29.
  • Aug 12, 2013 - our animation program will be showing a wide range of anime and cartoons.
  • Aug 8, 2013 - published initial agenda and materials for the WSFS Business Meeting.
  • Aug 7, 2013 - Press Release #29: LoneStarCon 3 to Feature Author Jay Lake with Film Premiere and Special Exhibit.
  • Aug 1, 2013 - every day is special with our Theme Days in the Exhibit Hall.
  • Aug 1, 2013 - John Hertz will be leading book discussion groups on The Glass Bead Game, Vintage Season, and The Dying Earth. Read them, and then join in!
Facilities

Our main facility is the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center located in downtown with the renowned River Walk only steps outside. Our main hotels are the Marriott Rivercenter and Marriott Riverwalk, with the Hilton Palacio Del Rio as our overflow.

The convention center and the hotels are all located within a block of each other - the overhead photograph on the hotels page is a good starting point for orientation. The Marriott Riverwalk hotel is directly across the street from the convention center while the Marriott Rivercenter is connected to the Rivercenter Mall containing dozens of shops and restaurants. The mall, hotels and convention center are linked by the world famous Paseo del Rio (River Walk), a portion of the San Antonio River.

You can easily walk below street level from one to another, avoiding traffic and enjoying the cool, shaded comfort of the San Antonio River. For more information on the River Walk area, see our San Antonio page.

Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center

The convention center has multiple levels. The main level for convention activities is the street level. The areas shown in pink on the figure below are the key areas we will be using.

  • Exhibit Hall A ("Exhibit A") will host our Dealers' Room, Art Show and other exhibits.
  • The associated Gallery area will be the location for fan tables, WSFS site selection, and the fan lounge and bar.
  • The West Registration area will be home to our member services, including registration, info desk, volunteers, and accessibility services. Sales to Members (convention merchandise) will also be located here.
  • Ballroom A will be home to many of our events and performances. This includes the majority of our music and dance events.

We will also be making some use of facilities in the hotels. In particular the Grand Ballroom (also referred to as the Grand Salon) in the Marriott Rivercenter will be the the venue for our two largest events, the Masquerade on Saturday evening and the Hugo Awards Ceremony on Sunday evening.

Maps and Navigation

We have provides a separate page with maps and navigation information for the convention site. You can also find maps on pages 24 to 29 of the Pocket Program.

Food and Drink

Food and drink options in and around the convention site are covered on the dining guide in the San Antonio section of the site.

Internet Access

Internet provision varies across the facilities.

Both of the Marriott hotels offer free Wifi in the main lobby on the ground floor. In sleeping rooms, Internet access is available to residents for a charge. A basic level of access costs $9.95/day, and is slow, but useable for things like email. An enhanced service with higher speed is available for $15.95/day.

In addition, Marriott Gold and Platinum level members get Internet access free. Marriott members at these reward tiers will have received instructions along with their Gold/Platinum card on how to get the free Internet.

LoneStarCon 3 members staying in the Hilton Palacio Del Rio will benefit from free Internet access as part of their convention room rate.

In the convention center, free wifi is available in the fully public spaces, such as the bridge area where the food outlet is located. However, bandwidth will be limited (especially give the number of fans likely to be sharing it during Worldcon!)

Inside the convention center meeting rooms, but NOT the exhibit hall, members can purchase wifi for $13/day. When you sign up, you create a userid/password combination that you will need to log on with. Only one device can be logged on to each account at a time.