Gen Con has announced that their 2015 Event Registration grew to a new all-time high this year with an opening day increase of more than 24%. Event Registration, which went live Sunday, May 17, saw a record number of attendees purchasing event tickets, corresponding to increasing 2015 badge sales. Gen Con 2015 will take place July 30 – August 2, 2015 at the Indiana Convention Center and throughout numerous participating venues around Indianapolis.
Last year, Gen Con hosted attendees from all 50 states, every Canadian province, and more than 40 countries. The 2014 convention saw a weekend turnstile attendance of 184,699 and a unique attendance of 56,614.
Gen Con 2015 Event Registration opened with more than 12,500 events – 3000 more than the 2014 launch. New events will continue to be added throughout the summer. Gen Con 2015 will also feature a record number of exhibitors, expanding to more than 400 companies.
The attendance and excitement over this year’s convention will be very important for Gen Con. Earlier this year, the convention stepped up during the battle over Indiana’s SB 101, Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The passing of the legislation, and subsequent discussion with Governor Pence concerning it, caused the convention to halt the expansion of the convention into Lucas Oil Stadium, and plans for further expansion into other hotel convention spaces. This threw the future of the convention into the air as far as where it may be hosted in the future. Gen Con’s contract with Indianapolis has the convention there until 2020, however bidding for such contracts usually begin about 5 years out. So, for 2021’s convention, when their contract is up, will begin within a year or so. This year’s stats will be a key metric other states and towns will measure how important it is to bid on Gen Con’s business. So, expect a lot of positive metrics in the next few months and after the convention.
Badges are available with a pre-registration discount until June 14. A 4-Day badge costs $80 (plus tax) until June 14, when the Pre-Registration discount will end. Prospective attendees can purchase badges at gencon.com and on-site in Indianapolis.