If you’re going to be around downtown Indy next week, you may notice a lot more blue and gold around town — and not just Pacers fans. The 95th National FFA Convention kicks off of Wed., Oct. 26 and runs through Sat., Oct. 29.
The convention — celebrating agriculture and agricultural education — is among one of the biggest events held in Indianapolis and is expected to bring in more than 60,000 FFA members from across the country.
What to know
- This year’s event will have over 300 exhibitors.
- Sessions will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium.
- Wednesday + Thursday night concerts will be at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.
- Students will participate in a service project to construct 1,200 travel book pillows to go to hospitals + schools.
- The annual convention has been held in Indy since 2016 + will continue to be held in Indianapolis through at least 2033.
By the numbers
- In 2018, the convention had an economic impact of $39.8 million. In 2021, the convention brought in about $30 million — its first year back in person following the pandemic.
- In 2018, the convention’s National Days of Service project had an economic impact of $171,842.
- The convention has a huge impact on the local hospitality industry, booking out 115 hotels around Indy and ~32,550 hotel rooms.
With this many people flocking to Indy, this is a friendly reminder that traffic around downtown, especially surrounding Lucas Oil Stadium, Gainbridge Fieldhouse, the Convention Center, and State Fairgrounds will be heavier than usual.