A Visit Indy vice president says this week's National Rifle Association convention will be a “proving ground” for Indianapolis. Chris Gahl says the city wants to show the NRA it is a “viable destination” for the massive event in the future. The convention begins today with limited activities. Visit Indy estimates it will draw more than 70,000 visitors and have an economic impact of $55 million. Gahl says Indianapolis has been preparing for the event since it was booked four years ago. He says city leaders have been working closely with the NRA on site inspections, logistics and transportation needs.

Organizers expect approximately 700 exhibitors to fill more than 400,000 square feet of exhibit hall space in the Indiana Convention Center. Speakers include Indiana Governor Mike Pence, U.S. Senator Dan Coats and Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri.

The event runs through April 27 at the convention center. Gahl says the convention will be the largest event Indianapolis hosts in 2014, and the third-largest in the city's history.

Source: Visit Indy

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