The largest convention in Indianapolis will stay in the city for another year. Visit Indy says Gen Con has agreed to a one-year extension of its contract with Indy, which now runs through 2021.
Visit Indy says the contract includes the option for Gen Con to renew its agreement annually. The 2016 event saw record-high turnstile attendance at the Indiana Convention Center with nearly 202,000 attendees.
"Indianapolis has warmly welcomed Gen Con with its Hoosier hospitality for more than a decade, and we appreciate the city’s commitment to making all of our guests feel at home," said Adrian Swartout, owner and chief executive officer of Gen Con. "With Gen Con approaching its 50th convention in 2017, we look forward to celebrating many more historic years in Indy, as well as serving as a hub for a thriving community of Hoosier gamers."
In addition to the record attendance, Gen Con saw a record number of exhibitors in 2016 with 525. Visit Indy CEO Leonard Hoops says Gen Con, which is the longest running gaming convention in North America, generates an estimated $72 million in economic impact for the region.
Gen Con came to Indianapolis in 2003 and has seen attendance more than double since that time. The convention also expanded into Lucas Oil Stadium to accommodate its growth in 2016.
The 50th annual Gen Con will take place August 17-20 next year in Indy.