INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Gen Con is extending their commitment to stay in Indy through 2022.
The announcement Monday came with the news that organizers expect to sell out on badges for the second year in a row. Last year was the first time they'd done so, coinciding with the 50th anniversary for the gaming convention. As of Monday, badge sales for this year's convention were six percent higher than last year's at the same point.
Last year's convention sold out of 4-Day attendee badges in early July and all single-day badges the week prior to the show. The way things are going, they'll sell-out of all badge types in July.
"Following a historic Gen Con 50, many wondered how attendees would respond to the 2018 show," Gen Con President David Hoppe said in a statement. "We're happy to report that this year's interest has surpassed last year's record numbers. With additional organizational effort, we expect to support even more attendees while still preserving a world-class attendee experience. With the combined passion of our fans and the foresight and cooperation of our partners in Indianapolis, we're eager to continue our convention's growth in Indy."
With the high attendance numbers, Gen Con will again offer programming on the field level and exhibit halls of Lucas Oil Stadium, in addition to the Indiana Convention Center, an outdoor presence on Georgia and South streets, and through hundreds of ticketed events at numerous hotels.
More than 500 companies will have exhibits in the main exhibit hall and there will be more than 15,000 ticketed events this year.
All told, Visit Indy expects Gen Con to have an impact of more than $70 million on the local economy.