Gen Con has extended its commitment to Indianapolis through 2023, adding another year to its contract with the city, after news that the city plans an expansion of the Indiana Convention Center and two new convention hotels.
Om Friday, the Capital Improvement Board of Indianapolis announced a $120 million, publicly-funded building connected by skywalk to the Indiana Convention Center, which will house a 50,000 -square foot ballroom and new meeting space, the Indianapolis Business Journal reported. The expansion will also be connected to two Hilton-brand hotels, privately developed by Kite Reality on the same block. According to the IndyStar, the two hotels will be built atop the Pan Am Plaza, and add 1,400 rooms.
"New hotel developments, along with Indy's desire for technological upgrades, have made our decision to extend with Indianapolis an easy choice," said David Hoppe, Gen Con President. "We're enthusiastic to extend our contract with Indy until 2023, as this new hotel development is a game-changer for Gen Con and will allow us to continue our record-breaking expansion.”
Gen Con reported 223,326 turnstile visits in 2018, up from last year’s number (see “Gen Con Releases Attendance Figures”). For unique attendees, Gen Con reported “more than 60,000.”