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Gen Con staying in Indy through 2021

Posted at 2:12 PM, Dec 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-06 23:50:35-05

INDIANAPOLIS -- Gen Con, the longest-running gaming convention in North America, will be staying in Indianapolis for another year. 

The convention announced Tuesday that it's renewed its contract with the city for another year, through 2021.

The new contract also gives Gen Con the option to renew the contract annually.

Gen Con will be in its 50th year in August 2017.

More than 61,000 attended the convention in 2016.

“Gen Con generates an estimated $72 million in economic impact for our region annually while transforming downtown Indianapolis into the global epicenter of hobby gaming for nearly a full week each year,” said Leonard Hoops, president and CEO of Visit Indy. 

Last year, Gen Con officials asked Gov. Mike Pence to reject the controversial RFRA bill, saying they would consider taking the convention to other cities if it becomes law.

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