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“GenCon Visit”

Indiana Convention Center
Ranked #13 of 173 things to do in Indianapolis
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Canton
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“GenCon Visit”
Reviewed August 18, 2014

This convention center is incredibly big and we really enjoyed the convention we attended. A convienece to parking and restuarants in the area.

Visited August 2014
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Manning, SC
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“Excellent facility”
Reviewed August 18, 2014

This is a HUGE convention center. As an attendee at GenCon, I was amazed how large the place was but what was there for GenCon is probably always there so I will try to comment on the things that ought to be consistent for anyone visiting. First, the drinks (cola or water) are expensive ($3 in vending and $3.50-$4 at concession stands). Bringing your own is probably a better idea since you could get drinks from a convenience store for $1. However, the food was actually very tasty. There was a concession stand under the stairs/escalator across from the main ICC (Indianapolis Convention Center) information booth (so it would be there for any convention) that served Pulled Pork BBQ sandwiches and Homeade Pot Roast sandwiches that were prepared when you ordered. Portions were extremely generous with lots of meat, chips and a pickle for $6.50. Compared with a single sausage dog (no chips) for $4.25, the sandwiches were good deals. All concession stands did not prepare the sandwiches as you ordered them and many had them dished up (with smaller portions).

There is a also a nearby street named Georgia Street. This Street is often closed off (I was told) and there are a lot of food truck parked along it. Many business people eat their daily and there was a wide variety of food choices. The lines were always too long for us this trip though so I cannot comment on them more than saying that there were about 20 and the prices for most things were around $8 per entree.

Parking is a bear. We chose to park further away and walk or catch a cab to the convention center. It worked well.

Wear very comfortable shoes because this place is huge and if you want to walk to another restaurant to get something to eat, you will have several blocks to hike.

Visited August 2014
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Toronto
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Excellent facility, bring a sandwich”
Reviewed August 18, 2014

My friend and I spent four days and nights in the crowded convention center for Gencon 2014. The facilities were always clean, including the bathrooms which must have been quite the task for an event for 50000 people. Signage is clear as well and the building is easy to navigate, rooms are well-lit and exits conveniently located. Staff seem to go out of their way to make the experience a positive one.

The two down sides of this center are that wifi is not provided for attendees, only for exhibitors (I assume this is a pay-option for the convention planners that they did not avail themselves to) and the food. Without exception every piece of food I have ever eaten at this convention center has been both overprices and wretched. Pizza, sandwiches, nachos, muffins have all been tried and in some cases not finished they were so terrible. Fountain pop and coffee (actually quite decent coffee) are also available but also overpriced.

Visited August 2014
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Severna Park, Maryland
Level 6 Contributor
415 reviews
93 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
“EXCELLENT FACILTY”
Reviewed August 7, 2014

One the best convention centers we have every attended. Our meeting consisted of several thousand people, with presentations in many of the meeting rooms, exhibits, coffee breaks and lunch catered in the exhibit hall every day. Perfect in every way.
Great, clean and comfortable meeting rooms, large hallways, and absolutely spotless restrooms.
Connect via covered walking bridge to the downtown Marriott, the Hyatt Regency and the Westin Hotel. Plus from the convention center it is a short indoor walk to a huge mall!

Visited August 2014
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Lincoln, Nebraska
Level 6 Contributor
296 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
“Great Convention Center!”
Reviewed July 9, 2014

I attended a 4-day convention here during the last full week of June. The Convention Center is easily accessible from the many hotels that are within walking distance in the downtown area. There are also several restaurants close by. One of the features I like best about this Convention Center is the way that most of the rooms are in the same area. Other convention centers are really spread out, but not this one. Even if I needed to go from 109 to 209, all I had to do was take the escalator and I was there in seconds. The other nice feature about the Convention Center is the skywalk system that connects hotels, malls, convention center, etc. It has been said that Indianapolis is a great convention city, and I have to agree. In the summer, most hotels and restaurants are just a short walk away from the convention center and in the winter, people can take the skywalks so they never have to go outside. I really liked having eh Convention in Indy and hope my association makes a return trip here in the near future.

Visited June 2014
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