Comic fans, gamers talk possibility of Comic Con in Indianapolis

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By Jill Glavan

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (September 1, 2014) -- Could the Circle City be poised to take on one of the biggest conventions in the world? FOX59 wants to know what you think about Comic Con's chances in the Midwest.

The massive convention, long located in San Diego, could leave after 2016 according to reports. Cited as the big reason: convention space.

Just weeks after Gen Con logged its largest attendance ever in Indianapolis, with an estimated 56,000 unique attendees, the city could be among those that made a play for Comic Con in the future.

"I would love it," gamer Riley Oberhart said.

Oberhart, who spent his Labor Day at Game Time on the north side, is one of many who'd be happy to see Comic Con make its way further east.

"Comic Con is just so much bigger and it’s famous in the gaming world," Oberhart said.

Still, not everyone is convinced. At Downtown Comics, co-owner Pete Kilmer knows the event well: he's been to San Diego to participate before.

"Is Hollywood going to pack up and travel to Indianapolis? That’s a big cost for them," Kilmer said.

Kilmer and others in the industry think Las Vegas is a likely contender to take over the convention if it does leave San Diego. It brings in around 130,000 people a year. Compare that to Gen Con's numbers this year and the NRA convention, one of the largest Indianapolis has hosted at 75,000 attendees.

That doesn't mean Indianapolis couldn't try, though.

"Our 60-person Visit Indy team canvases the horizon daily to find new opportunities, like Comic Con, to gauge our ability to host and their interest level," Chris Gahl at Visit Indy said.

So, do you think it would work? Take the poll below and let us know what you think.