Frequently suggested alternatives like Vegas, Orlando, etc. mean a much higher percentage of attendees will have to fly, and in most cases the cost of flying would more than outweigh the savings of cheaper hotel rates that another city might have.
I love Vegas, but it's silly to pretend that homeless people (which the Strip also has) are the equivalent nuisance level of porn slappers, at least in the eyes of conservative families. Given the choice between finding residual cigarette butts and the odd empty bottle in the street, and the cards of escorts, the rolling billboards selling escorts, etc., what do you think the typical parent will choose? Not to mention the kinds of behavior that go on with legalized outdoor open alcohol that is practiced by so many of the tourists.
And the solution "But you can avoid all that if you never, ever leave the complex!" isn't as big of a selling point to families as you might think.
I'm going to have to argue against the comparison of Indy homeless to porn slappers. In my 9 years of attending, I've yet to run into an outright unfriendly homeless person in Indy. Yes there are a fair number of homeless, who law enforcement does not seem to bother as long as they park themselves on the sidewalk.
Seriously, why is every thread turning into where Gen Con should move to? No more. I said, if you want to have that discussion, take if off topic, and I'm serious. Any more of this location talk and I'm going to lock the thread.
With so many people frustrated that they can't get downtown rooms for the convention, I'd like to know why the following information is deemed private instead of public.
Marimaccadmin, since you have the ability to lock threads, is it safe to assume that you could offer an official response?
I look forward to your reply.
Not an official reply but since there are a total of 230 VIGs and each on can reserve up to two rooms I would say 500.
The only response I can offer is that the number of rooms in the housing block is not public information. Gen Con tries to get as many downtown rooms as possible in that block.
I'm not sure why double beds are considered "mythical". They are simply much more popular to this attendee populace that seems to prefer to travel with a larger group.
You're asking WHY it's private? Gen Con is a business, and has every right to keep proprietary information private.