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August 12, 2013

GenCon ready to set more records

INDIANAPOLIS — Last year GenCon Indy saw a record turnout for the second straight year and there seems to be no letup in sight.

GenCon is more than 45 years old and has been hosted by Indianapolis since 2003.

The convention caters to gaming fans, whether they play board games, card games, role playing games and now even video games. There is also plenty to see for those enamored with books and artwork from the fantasy and science fiction genres.

Last year, there were 134,775 fans who came to GenCon’s four-day run. There were over 41,000 unique attendees.

This year the numbers for those who pre-registered to attend were higher than the year before. This year GenCon begins Thursday and runs through Sunday.

“Having reached new records for convention attendance in the past two years, our expectations were high for our opening week, but this exceeded our already ambitious goals and estimates,” said Adrian Swartout, CEO of Gen Con LLC.

These figures aren’t just slipping past last year. They are blowing it out of the water. Pre-registration badge sales are up 41 percent from last year. In keeping with that, booth space for dealers who want to display, sell and demo their products was increased by 22,000 square feet and still that space sold out.

Hotel rooms have been snapped up at a rate more than 17 percent ahead of that in 2012.

Events planned for the con nearly doubled from a year ago to 2,700.

“Indy is delighted to be the host city of the longest-running, best-attended gaming convention in the world,” said Leonard Hoops, president & CEO of Visit Indy. “There’s nothing quite like Gen Con and we can’t wait to see to everyone.”

The four days are full of plenty of hobby-related events as well, such as:

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