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The Indiana Convention Center expansion projected to bring in over $2.3 billion in convention business

The center’s expansion, slated to complete in 2026, has already been generating a lot of buzz around Indy. Here are the latest updates.

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The concrete pour for the expansion project took about 12 hours from start to completion.

Photo courtesy of Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium

A construction milestone took place this weekend in Indy: The largest continuous building concrete pour in city history.

Workers poured 7,347 cubic yards of concrete on Saturday morning, enough to fill two-and-a-half Olympic-sized swimming pools (like the ones installed this week at Lucas Oil Stadium). It serves as the base for the sixth expansion of the Indiana Convention Center (ICC), which is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2026.

Also utilizing the concrete base is the Signia by Hilton Indianapolis hotel, which will help to provide lodging for all local convention attendees. The 38-story hotel will be the tallest in the city and will contain 800 rooms. It will also house one of the top 10 largest convention center ballrooms in the US, allowing Indy to host two city-wide conventions at once.

In total, the expansion project has already translated to $1.3 billion in conventions that have committed to staying in Indy, and an additional $1 billion in new conventions coming soon. A few of these include:

  • GenCon: Renewed through 2030
  • Drum Corps International: Renewed through 2033
  • National FFA: Renewed through 2033
  • Alcoholics Anonymous International Convention: Coming in 2035 for its 100th anniversary

“As we celebrate this milestone feat in construction, we are taking a huge step in solidifying Indianapolis as a top host city and the meeting capital of the world,” said Mayor Joe Hogsett.

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