Roll Of Dice On Gen Con Expansion Benefits Indy Economy

This year‘s Gen Con gaming convention set new records during its tenth year in Indianapolis.

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People playing board games like this one have led a gaming convention to be Indianapolis' most profitable.

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. He says at the rate the convention is growing, it might have to utilize the floor of Lucas Oil Stadium in the near future.

The big lesson is that gamers spend money when they come to the Circle City. 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.

“FFA‘s still the largest in terms of attendees with 55,000 but it‘s Gen Con, with 41,000 attendees, who does produce more economic impact here for Central Indiana based on their visitor spending,” Gahl says.

Gahl says Gen Con is booked through 2020 and officials are already looking to keep it in Indiana beyond that date.

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