University of Calgary
The University of Calgary is the venue for Otafest. The main campus is located in Northwest Calgary and has hosted every Otafest thus far, including Otafest Lite.
Otafest events take place predominantly in the Science Theatres complex while Artist Alley and the Vendor Hall are located in the MacEwan Student Center. The surrounding outdoor areas provide green space for convention attendees to catch some fresh air, socialize, and take pictures.
Conveniently, the University has its own C-Train station. It is the fourth stop from the end of the line, starting from Crowfoot Station. Attendees wishing to take transit to Otafest simply disembark from University Station and follow the signs to registration.
This building contains the registration desk, various panel and showing rooms, and the main events rooms ST 140 and ST 148. These lecture theatres are the largest on campus and are well suited for Otafest's biggest events such as the opening ceremonies and the cosplay contest. This building acts as a sort of hub for Otafest as the rest of the science complex and MacEwan Hall can be accessed from here.
Mostly a long hallway of classrooms, the main floor of Science A hosts additional space for panels. It is accessed via Science Theatres.
Starting from the beginning of 2012, Science A was closed off for renovations.
A building consisting of a more open social area and a hallway leading to Earth Science. It is accessed via Science A or Earth Science from Science Theatres. Science B is less consistently used for Otafest, but in the past has housed panels and the Maid Cafe. Just outside of Science B is a courtyard that plays host to some of Otafest's outdoor events such as Cosplay Battle Chess and outdoor concerts.
MacEwan Student Center
Another busy area, MacEwan Student Center hosts the vendors and Artist Alley. This building may be accessed via an underground link from Science B. The vendors are located in MacEwan Hall (or simply "Mac Hall") a large room usually used for concerts and banquets. Here, attendees may shop and bargain hunt for the latest anime merchandise. Just outside Mac Hall is the Artist Alley, an area for local artists to showcase and sell their anime art. Up the stairs is the campus food court which offers numerous food choices for hungry attendees. The third floor of this building contains the Ballroom which hosts Otafest's indoor concerts and dances.
The ICT building served as the main hub for Otafest 2012. It features a mix of small rooms and lecture theatres. It is also one of the few buildings that has food available outside of MacEawn Students Center, with a Good Earth Cafe inside
The EEEL building has a large foyer and risers which were used for the main events at Otafest 2012. There are panel rooms on different floors as well.
There is no shortage of outdoor space on the campus and Otafest makes full use of it. A footpath leads from Science Theatres to MacEwan Student Center and is flanked on either side by green space and plants. Of particular note is the hill in the center of the campus where many attendees sit and rest. At the top of the hill, a metal sculpture called the Prarie Chicken stands, acting as a campus landmark. Just in front of the Science B courtyard is a small grassy area where the traditional Tug-of-War is held. Attendees are free to wander about and appreciate the outdoor art on display, the pond behind the hill, or simply take in the festival atmosphere.
Otafest's official accomodations. Located a short walk away from Otafest events, Hotel Alma is hotel located on campus and is the place to stay for out-of-town or overnight attendees.