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Gen Con Badge Sell-out Expected for @gencon 2018

February 28, 2018 1 comment

Gen Con Anticipates Second Consecutive Badge Sell-Out;
Extends Commitment to Indianapolis through 2022


The Grim Reaper spotted at Gen Con 2017. staff photo, (c) 2017, all rights reserved.

By Stacia Kirby
Gen Con LLC

Gen Con, the largest and longest running tabletop gaming convention in North America, is reporting a 6% year-over-year increase in its attendee badge sales to date, and as a result, expects its second consecutive year of selling out of attendee badges.

Convention badge sales, which opened on January 14, 2018, have reached record numbers and the convention again plans to cease badge sales in the early summer if sales trends continue.

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, marking the first year the convention sold out of those badge types. Initial 2018 sales are trending towards a sell-out of all attendee badge types in July 2018.

“Following a historic Gen Con 50, many wondered how attendees would respond to the 2018 show,” said David Hoppe, president of Gen Con. “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.”

Gen Con LLC has announced an agreement with the city of Indianapolis to extend its commitment through 2022. Gen Con will return to Indy on August 2-5 in 2018, August 1-4 in 2019, July 30-August 2 in 2020, August 5-8 in 2021, and August 4-7 in 2022.

For the second consecutive year, Gen Con will offer programming on the field level and in the exhibit halls of Lucas Oil Stadium, as well as throughout the Indiana Convention Center, at an outdoor presence on Georgia and South Streets, and through hundreds of ticketed events at numerous hotels.

The convention’s exhibit hall will feature more than 500 exhibiting companies and Gen Con expects to host more than 15,000 ticketed events in 2018. According to last year’s estimates by Visit Indy, Gen Con has an annual economic impact in excess of $70 million to the local Indianapolis economy.

50th Gen Con Gaming Convention, Aug. 17-20, 2017

August 16, 2017 1 comment

Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Stacia Kirby
On behalf of Gen Con

Gen Con Sells Out Historic 50th Convention

Indianapolis (August 14, 2017) Gen Con, North America’s longest-running and best-attended tabletop game convention, has announced a complete sellout of badges for its 50th convention to be held August 17-20 in the Indiana Convention Center. The convention will not sell badges on-site and attendees, as in prior years, will be asked to display their badges while attending the show. In addition to its 50th convention, this Gen Con marks 15 years in Indianapolis.

“Our team is ecstatic to see so many choose to celebrate gaming history with us at the historic Gen Con 50,” said Adrian Swartout, Gen Con CEO. “In this milestone year, we have seen gamers from around the world decide to make Gen Con their summer destination, and we’re anticipating our best show yet. We’ve made optimizing the attendee experience a core goal for Gen Con 50, and we are committed to balancing growth with world class programming.”

In 2016, Gen Con had attendees from all 50 states, every Canadian province, and more than 60 countries. This year, the convention has expanded to the field level of Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts, in addition to its space in the Indiana Convention Center and participating hotels. For the first time, Gen Con also will host a concert in Bankers Life Fieldhouse with a performance by Grammy winning recording artists They Might Be Giants. This concert and entrance to Lucas Oil Stadium both require Gen Con 50 badges.

About Gen Con

Gen Con LLC produces the largest consumer hobby, fantasy, science fiction, and adventure game convention in North America, Gen Con, The Best Four Days in Gaming!™. Acquired in 2002 by former CEO and founder of Wizards of the Coast, Peter Adkison, the company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington. Celebrating 50 years in 2017, Gen Con 50 will be sponsored by Mayfair Games, Paizo, Inc., and Rio Grande Games. For more information, visit

Gen Con Gaming Convention in Indy, Aug. 14-17

August 6, 2014 Leave a comment
Indiana Convention Center

Gen Con Gaming at the Convention Center, Aug. 14-17. staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Stacia Kirby
Gen Con LLC

Gen Con, the largest consumer hobby, fantasy, science fiction and adventure game convention in North America, returns to Indianapolis for its 47th annual convention this month. THE BEST FOUR DAYS IN GAMING™ will take place in the Indiana Convention Center, 100 South Capitol Avenue, and throughout the city, Aug. 14-17, 2014.

The Exhibit Hall is open from 10 am to 6 pm Thursday through Saturday, and on Sunday, Family Fun Day, from 10 am to 4 pm. 24-hour gaming takes place at the convention center and at area hotels during the four-day event.

Updated Headlines for Gen Con 2014
–      Record Breaking Attendance– Last year, Gen Con had more than 49,000 unique attendees from all 50 states and 32 different countries with a turnstile figure of more than 159,000.
–      Exhibit Hall – 370+ exhibitors spanning five acres of game demos, new products, classic games, and more!
–      14,000+ Events– Including free-to-play games, competitive tournaments, casual gaming, and numerous non-gaming experiences, including seminars, workshops, and crafting events.
–      Charitable Partner– All charity events at Gen Con will donate proceeds to Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana’s BackSacks: Weekend Food for Kids.
–      Debut of Cones of DunshireMayfair Games presents the first opportunity for players to try the Cones of Dunshire game popularized by NBC comedy Parks and Recreation. This charity event will take place on Saturday at 7 pm on Georgia Street.
–      29th Annual Costume Contest– Awards will be bestowed for numerous costume types.
–      Film Festival– More than 100 films and digital projects will compete across three categories at Gen Con’s Annual Film Festival.
–      eGame Arena– Digital gaming fans will find a host of games to play at Gen Con 2014, including competitive events, dance games, and a retro arcade.
–      Author’s Avenue and Writer’s Symposium– This year’s Author Guest of Honor Jim Butcher, author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera and new series the Cinder Spires, is an avid gamer. Butcher leads a group of high-profile authors in the convention’s annual Writer’s Symposium.
–      2014 Art Show and Guest of Honor – Acclaimed fantasy illustrator Terese Neilsen has been selected as 2014 Gen Con Artist Guest of Honor. Most known for her illustrations for Marvel and Dark Horse comics and for illustrating Magic: the Gathering cards, Neilsen is currently publishing her first book, The Art of Terese Neilsen.

Live on Georgia Street-
Just outside the convention center, Georgia Street will host a number of free, open to the public, outdoor activities.
Official Beer Tapping– Wednesday pre-show concert begins at 5 pm when Indianapolis-based brewer Sun King Brewing will host a tapping party to unveil Gen Con’s official beer of 2014, The Froth of Khan, a coffee-infused ale. Tapping begins at 6 pm.
Bands– Star Trek-themed band, Five Year Mission and acclaimed independent songwriter Sarah Donner will perform at the Sun King Brewing tapping party
Food Trucks– Throughout Gen Con weekend, more than 40 of Indianapolis’ best food trucks will be stationed along Georgia Street.

Family Fun at Gen Con 2014
–      Family Fun Pavilion– This is an area dedicated to family gaming for all ages. It includes exhibits, demonstrations, activities and much more!
–      Training Grounds– is the place to introduce kids to the gaming world and all its possibilities. Training Grounds is most appropriate for kids ages 4-12 and is located in the Family Fun Pavilion.

  • Chess Champion vs Youth- Women’s Grandmaster and 2-time USA Chess Champion Jennifer Shahade will be playing 50 simultaneous games of chess against children 12 and under at 10 am.

Official Gen Con Sponsors
– Mayfair Games, Paizo Publishing, and Wizards of the Coast
Contributing Sponsors- Fantasy Flight Games, Konami, Oomba, Ortus Regni, and Rio Grande Games
Event Partnership Sponsors– Iello Games, Upper Deck
Promotional Partners– Asmodee, Sun King Brewing
Everyone attending Gen Con must have a valid badge. A badge allows the individual entrance to the show, admittance to the Exhibit Hall, Art Show, Anime events, seminars, and any events happening in the public areas that do not require an event ticket. Badges may be purchased at up to and throughout the show or on-site.

Ticket Information
–      Badges are available now at with 24-hour Will Call pick-up on-site. Prices listed below do not include Marion County sales tax.
–      4-Day Badge Price: $80
–      1-Day Badge Price: $50
–      Sunday, August 17, is Family Fun Day! $30 for a family of four

It’s a Monumental Week in Indianapolis, Aug. 13-18

August 13, 2013 Leave a comment
Indiana Convention Center

Gen Con at the Indiana Convention Center, Aug. 15-18. staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Jennifer Hanson
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

A number of large-scale, one-of-a-kind events will take place Downtown Aug. 15-18, 2013, making this one of Downtown’s most exciting weekends all year. Gen Con returns to the Indiana Convention Center Thursday through Sunday, and the Red Bull Indianapolis GP track activity runs Friday through Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with practices beginning Friday and qualifications on Saturday. But the fun isn’t just limited to motorcycles and Gen Con; concerts, the IndyFringe Theatre Festival, and a variety of fun events will all be taking place. There are numerous opportunities for everyone to enjoy the great events being offered this Monumental Weekend. 

Downtown Parking and Traveling Tips:

There are traffic restrictions around some of these major Downtown events. View our Monumental Weekend Closures and Restrictions map at and visit for parking help. Everyone can find parking, arrive at their destination on time and enjoy all the excitement if a few simple tips are followed.


  • Plan your driving and walking route into and through Downtown ahead of time.
  • Use interstates to travel to and leave Downtown.
  • Enter Downtown from the side on which you plan to park.
  • Allow plenty of extra travel time to Downtown.
  • Be aware that travel through Downtown will be limited to streets away from the core area.
  • Relax during peak exit times.
  • Wear comfortable shoes, park once and enjoy the walk.
  • Carpool or use IndyGo if possible.  Visit for schedule.


  • Parking meters are always FREE after 9 p.m. Monday – Saturday and all day Sunday. Otherwise, meter rates are $1.50/hour with a two-hour limit weekdays before 5 p.m. and four-hour limit weekdays after 5 p.m. and all day Saturday.  Meter hours are 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Downtown parking is abundant with more than 73,000 parking spaces.
  • Select a couple of parking alternatives before you leave home.
  • Plan to use a garage or lot. Most meters near the event sites are restricted during this time.
  • Some parking facilities and lots may not be open to the public.
  • Several garages offer 24-hour parking, providing more than 14,000 parking spaces.

MONUMENTAL EVENTS for week of August 12 – 18:

  • The gamers are coming!  Aug. 15 – 18

Gen Con, the longest-running and highest-attended gaming convention in the world, returns Downtown Aug. 15 – 18 at the Indiana Convention Center (see photo above). Entering its 46th year, the convention will feature costume contests, a life size 10,000 square-foot True Dungeon, tournaments, guest appearances, exhibit hall booths, games, workshops, seminars, art shows, auctions and much more. This year Gen Con will also have an expanded Electronic Gaming Area and Family Fun Pavilion. Gamers and the general public alike can enjoy themselves on Georgia Street with food trucks, music and beer tapping on the eve of Gen Con, Aug. 14. Fans can then enjoy local food trucks and entertainment on the west block of Georgia Street each day for the remainder of the convention. Estimated attendance: 40,000.

  • Motorcycles on Meridian returns, Aug. 16 & 17
    • The leather-clad army of steel ponies returns to South Meridian Street, Georgia Street and Monument Circle Aug. 16 and 17 evenings. Everyone is welcome to experience the unique gathering, whether or not you have a motorcycle to bring. All kinds of bikes will be on site, from Harleys and Ducatis to sport bikes to motor scooters. This FREE event takes place 7 p.m. – midnight Aug. 16 and 4 p.m. – midnight Aug. 17. Estimated attendance: 10,000 bikes each night.
  • Red Bull Indianapolis GP, Aug. 16 – 18

Many of the top MotoGP speed bike racers will compete in the Red Bull Indianapolis GP this weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The event will include three races at different competition levels: Moto3, Moto2 and the premier MotoGP field. The three races, which will take place Sunday, Aug. 18 starting with Moto3 at 11 a.m., have come to the Speedway annually since 2008. The MotoGP race will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday.  Practices begin at 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16 and qualifications will start up at 12:35 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. Tickets for practice and qualifying days are $20, and race day tickets range from $50 to $130.  Estimated attendance: 100,000.

  • 64 companies; 8 venues; 384 performances! IndyFringe Festival, Aug. 15-25
    • One of the top performing arts offerings in the state, the ninth annual IndyFringe Festival kicks off Aug. 15 and runs through Aug. 25 with a wide variety of live shows at various performing arts venues along Mass Ave. Admission for each performance is $10 for adults, $8 for a student ticket or $5 for a child (12 and under). A one-time $5 backer button is also required. Enjoy street performers and FREE live music and performances at the outdoor tent!
  • Indians Home stand at Victory Field, Aug. 13-16
    • Your Triple A Indianapolis Indians minor league baseball powerhouse host a four-day home stand against the Columbus Clippers starting Wednesday, Aug. 13 – Friday, Aug. 16. Don’t miss out on special promotion days including Friday Night Fireworks!
  • Downtown concerts
    • The Indianapolis Zoo will host Animals and All That Jazz from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, included with zoo admission.
    • After a fast day of practices at the track, head to The Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park for Umphrey’s McGee with STS9 Friday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m.
    • Easley Winery is hosting the free Groovin’ in the Garden series Saturday, Aug. 17 from 2 – 5 p.m.
    • Jimmy Eat World will perform Aug. 17 at 8 p.m. at Old National Centre.
  • August in Indiana = Indiana State Fair
    • The Great Indiana State Fair is in full gear from now through Aug. 18 at the nearby Indiana State Fairgrounds. Big musical acts including Montgomery Gentry will perform on the Marsh Free Stage Thursday, Aug. 15. Admission is FREE with fair admission.

For more information, visit, or call 317-237-2222. This Week’s Upcoming Event Listings on

Big Events in Downtown Indianapolis in August

August 1, 2013 Leave a comment
Lucas Oil Stadium

Lucas Oil Stadium hosts the Guinness International Champions Cup soccer on Aug. 1. staff photo, (c) 2009, all rights reserved.

By Jennifer Hanson
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

Aug. 15 – 18 Monumental Weekend

Dozens of Downtown events Aug. 15 – 18 will keep Downtown bustling all weekend!  Motorcycles will take center stage with the Red Bull Indianapolis GP Aug. 16 – 18 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Practices begin Friday, Aug. 16 with qualifications taking place Saturday, Aug. 17 and race day Sunday, Aug. 18. As a part of the festive weekend, Motorcycles on Meridian will take over Monument Circle, South Meridian Street and Georgia Street Aug. 16 and 17. Bikes and more bikes will be on site, from stylish Harleys and Ducatis to sport bikes to motor scooters.

Gen Con, the longest-running and highest-attended gaming convention in the world, returns to the Indiana Convention Center Aug. 15 – 18.  The convention features tournaments, guest appearances, exhibit hall booths, games, workshops, seminars, art shows, auctions and costumes, of course!    IndyFringe Festival begins Aug. 15 and continues for 10 days at various Downtown theatres, especially throughout Mass Ave.  Kick off the busy weekend with the summertime favorite, Friday Block Party on Georgia Street presented by GenCon and Motorcycles on Meridian Aug. 16 and catch the Indians at Victory Field Aug. 13 – 16.

Experience great live music as Umphrey’s McGee with STS9 performs at The Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park Aug. 16, or hear Jimmy Eat World at Old National Center Aug. 17. 

Get active!

August boasts many ways to get exercise, often while supporting important causes.

For the serious athletes, TRI INDY, sanctioned by USA Triathlon, will take place Aug. 4 along the canal in White River State Park. If biking is more your sport, take part in or watch the competitive Mass Ave Criterium Aug. 10.  Participate in the unique Double Road Race Aug. 11 starting at the NCAA Hall of Champions. Walk through White River State Park in the FARE Walk for Food Allergy Awareness Aug. 17. Take part in the 7th Annual Running for World Water 5K Aug. 24 to support sustainable drinking worldwide at the National Institute for Fitness and Sport.

Delicious Downtown

Get ready to loosen your belt as Downtown offers up plenty of its finest food and drink during Devour Downtown Aug. 19 – Sept. 1.  Visit an array of Downtown restaurants, each offering distinct three-course dinner (and some lunch) menus at special prices.  Don’t miss Dig IN – A Taste of Indiana Aug. 25 at White River State Park, where you will have the chance to try dozens of samples of locally-produced food and drink prepared by world-class chefs.  Visit our website for more information on Downtown restaurants.

Get in tune with summer music

Some of the biggest names in music will perform at Downtown’s premier venues:

The Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park

  • Daughtry & 3 Doors Down Aug. 2
  • The Black Crowes & Tedeschi Trucks Band Aug. 13
  • Umphrey’s McGee with STS9 Aug. 16
  • Carly Rae Jepsen & Hot Chelle Rae Aug. 30

Old National Centre

  •             Steely Dan Aug. 3
  •             House of Blues World Famous Gospel Brunch Aug. 4
  •             The National Aug. 4
  •             D-Pryde Aug. 5
  •             Halestorm Aug. 6
  •             Volto Aug. 9
  •             Three Days Grace Aug. 10
  •             An Evening with YES Aug. 12
  •             Ones to Watch Presents: Redlight King & Icon For Hire Aug. 13
  •             American Rag on Tour Presents Megan and Liz Aug. 15
  •             Jimmy Eat World Aug. 17
  •             Thao with the Get Down Stay Down Aug. 20
  •             Turquoise Jeep Aug. 22
  •             Serena Ryder Aug. 26
  •             Rival Sons Aug. 27
  •             Bat for Lashes Aug. 28
  •             Adam Ant Aug. 30

Bankers Life Fieldhouse

  • New Kids on the Block with 98º and Boyz II Men Aug. 4
  • Bruno Mars “The Moonshine Jungle World Tour” Aug. 19

Celebrate art in August!

See some of Downtown’s most impressive local artwork during IDADA First Friday at various locations Downtown Aug. 2. Art galleries will be open throughout Mass Ave, Fountain Square and other districts. IndyFringe Festival runs Aug. 15 – 25, hosts more than 300 shows in 10 days at eight venues near Mass Ave, featuring dance, drama, comedy, music, magic and more.

Summer sports are heating up

Indy welcomes the Guinness International Champions Cup: Chelsea vs. Inter Milan. Lucas Oil Stadium is host Aug. 1 starting at 8 p.m. Prior to the soccer game, a tailgate party for ticket holders only will take place on Georgia Street beginning at 3 p.m. The Indianapolis Indians will host 15 home games at Victory Field throughout August: 1 – 5, 8 & 9, 13 – 16, 26 & 27 plus the beginning of their final home series Aug. 30 & 31.  Don’t miss special promotion days at Victory Field including Friday Night Fireworks, Monday Dollar Menu, Wednesday Business Day Games and more!  The Indiana Fever will play four home games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in August: Chicago Sky Aug. 3, Los Angeles Sparks Aug. 8, Atlanta Dream Aug. 10 & San Antonio Silver Stars Aug. 21. The Indianapolis Colts return to pre-season action against the Buffalo Bills Aug. 11!

Festivals and conventions continue

There is a unique array of festivals and conventions heading to Downtown Indianapolis.

Friday Block Parties on Georgia Street

                        Aug. 2, 8, 15, 23 and 30; Georgia Street

IMPD Community Day

            Aug. 8; Georgia Street

Indiana State Fair

            Aug. 2 – 18; Indiana State Fairgrounds

Drum Corps International World Championships

            Aug. 8 – 10; Indiana Convention Center

Gen Con

            Aug. 15 – 18; Indiana Convention Center

Women of Faith “Celebrate Conference”

            Aug. 23 – 24; Bankers Life Fieldhouse

August also means the return to classes for the fall semester in Downtown Indy at IUPUI and at other area colleges and universities such as Butler University, Marian University, and the University of Indianapolis.  Welcome back students!

Downtown has more than 73,000 convenient, affordable parking spaces, making it easy to get where you need to be.  To help plan your visit Downtown, click; download the Indy Downtown app in the iPhone App Store or Google Play; follow us on Twitter @IndyDT. For more information about any of these events or IDI programs, please contact Indianapolis Downtown, Inc., at 317-237-2222.