Thank you for your interest in sponsoring METROCON! This year will be our 15th Anniversary, and we’re hoping to make it our biggest year yet. By our third year, we had quickly become Florida’s Largest Anime Convention; now, with our attendance reaching record-breaking numbers for several years in a row, we are looking to grow even more; with our sensational stage shows (including the Original Anime Human Combat Chess Match™, where the audience alone in the ballroom for this event was 4,500+ over two days), a huge vendors’ area, and incredible atmosphere, we have no place to go but up! Our space this year is going to be upwards of 600,000 sq ft, occupying the entire Tampa Convention Center, and we are as of 2014, and into the foreseeable future, a full-blown four-day event! Now, here is where you get the chance to use METROCON’s success to help your business or industry grow!

There are several ways to get your name/products to our attendees – take a look at our attendance, the options for advertising with us or sponsoring us, and see what makes the most sense for you and your organization.

Attendance (as of METROCON 2016)

Unique - 11,889

Unique Paid Attendance includes all purchased tickets from a particular year – pre-registration and at the door, and all types of tickets purchased. This has always been the go-to leading indicator for METROCON’s success, and when asked our “attendance”, this is the number we answer with.

Passholders - 13,296

The Passholders, or “Warm Bodies” count, includes staff, cast, volunteers, exhibitors, and anyone with a METROCON pass of any kind, whether they paid for it or not. This number is important for overall crowd maintenance, fire codes, and a general idea of who has access to the areas of the convention center that require a pass to access (which is most of them).

Turnstile - 28,951

Turnstile attendance is often used by sporting events or other large entertainment venues. Turnstile attendance is calculated by marking one “attendee” for each day of attendance. A single day pass counts for one, whereas a four-day pass counts for four – this is used to indicate exposure potential for sponsors and exhibitors.

Full Sponsorship Opportunities

Title Sponsor - $5,000

Title level logo and mention in event name on flyers, banners, badges, internet and newspaper ads, and merchandise; prominent signage at the event; full page advertisement in the Convention Guide; exclusive product rights (if applicable); 8 FREE Weekend Passes; 2 FREE Booths in the Vendors’ Room (subject to availability);

Platinum Sponsor - $3,000

Large logo included on flyers, banners, and badges; signage at the event; full page advertisement in the Convention Guide; 4 FREE Weekend Passes; 1 FREE Booth in the Vendors’ Room (subject to availability);

Gold Sponsor - $2,000

Small logo included on flyers, banners, and badges; logo** included on sign at registration and outside of ballroom; full page advertisement in the Convention Guide; 2 FREE Weekend Passes;

Silver Sponsor - $1,000

Company name on banners and badge; name on sign at registration; half-page advertisement in Convention Guide;

Becoming a Title Sponsor for METROCON is easily the best way to get your product or service name to our convention attendees. Remember, we are always looking to gain sponsors for our event, and with so many options available to you, don’t miss this opportunity! Also remember that prices are always negotiable for sponsorships, and merchandise/services can usually be traded for sponsorship status. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Director of Operations and convention owner Alex Craddock at

Social Media Advertising

If you are interested in advertising your anime, comic, or general pop culture related product or service directly to METROCON fans through our official Facebook, Twitter, and other Social Media channels, contact our Social Media Manager, Ben Badger. Rates, content, and frequency are all negotiable.

Other Promotional Options

Specialty Lanyards

If you would like to donate lanyards with your company name on them for use with our attendee badges, please contact us at

Merchandise Bags

If you would like to donate merchandise bags with your company name on them for our attendees, please contact us at

Prize Donations

Here is a list of our events in which we give awards. Prize donations are at your discretion. Possible prize ideas may be CDs, DVDs, posters, manga, plushies, coupons for the recipient to use at your booth during the weekend, etc.

  • Anime Idol
  • Picture This!
  • Anime Music Video (AMV)
  • Costume Contest
  • CosplayContest

If you are interested in donating prizes to any of our events, please and let us know which event you would like to provide prizes for and which prizes you would like to contribute.

Convention Guidebook Advertising

The METROCON Convention Guide is a roughly 28 pages each year. The magazine sized publication is issued free with membership to all METROCON attendees. It is issued at the time of on-site registration and/or convention badge pick-up at the exhibition. The Program Guide will contain convention site layouts, programming and biographical information concerning our guests. METROCON reserves the right to refuse ads based on questionable content or aesthetic value. METROCON is a family-friendly convention. The convention guide will also function as an advertisement and press kit for METROCON and will be given to future guests, and members of the press.

Ad submission and payment deadline is Thursday, June 30, 2016. METROCON does not guarantee the placement of any ad in a specific section (except for the ads on the cover). Any cancellations or corrections must be in writing and received prior to the deadline.

Prices and Sizes (All ads are full color, CMYK preferred)

Interior Ads Price
Front inside cover
8.375″ x 10.875″
Back inside cover
8.375″ x 10.875″
Full page standard
8.375″ x 10.875″
Half page tall
4.1875″ x 10.875″
Half page wide
8.375″ x 5.4375″
Cover Ads Price
Back cover
8.375″ x 10.875″
SOLD for 2016
Convention Badges Price
Back of all pre-reg and 4 day badges Contact for pricing and details

Live area margin is 1/4″. Bleed is 1/8″.

Merchandise donations of equivalent value will also be considered for payment of ads. For approval or questions, please email

Ad Specifications:
Only digital files will be accepted. Please send all files in JPG, EPSPDF or TIFF format. For best quality, images should be 300 dpi. Please use CMYK process colors for full color ads (inside and outside cover). Standard ads will be printed in black and white. For EPS files any fonts MUST be converted into outlines (curves). For PDF files any fonts MUST be converted to outlines (curves) or “embedded” in the file. Any ads that do not conform exactly to the above requirements will be enlarged, reduced or floated at our discretion.

Acceptable Media

Please direct all questions to

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