Gen Con Attendance Grows; Breaks New Records
ICVA: Attendance up 30% since 2010
(photo courtesy of Gen Con Indy)
This year's Gen Con set new records during its 10th year in Indianapolis.
The Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association says Gen Con had 41,000 attendees this year, up from 38,000 last year and a 30-percent increase since 2010. Chris Gahl with the ICVA says if it wasn't for the expanded convention center, Gen Con may have had to go elsewhere.
"We just didn't have literally enough room so the expansion keeps 'em here; keeps 'em growing and at this rate, projections could take them into even utilizing Lucas Oil Stadium's floor for exhibit space in the near future," Gahl says.
Gahl says this year's Gen Con surpassed the national FFA convention as the most lucrative convention in Indianapolis, though the exact number of dollars generated for the city won't be known for a few more weeks. Despite the FFA convention still being the most attended convention in Indy with 55,000 visitors, Gahl says FFA doesn't have as much visitor spending mostly due to the young age and budget limits of its attendees.
Gahl says Gen Con is booked through 2020 and they're already looking to keep it here beyond that date.
"We really feel that this is their home and a place that really takes their business seriously," Gahl says. "So (Gen Con is) booked through 2020 with hopes that we would even get another decade of Gen Con in Indianapolis once we get to that point."