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Arena Helps Attract New Convention Business to Louisville

Friday August 7, 2009

Governor Steve Beshear and Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced two major religious conventions coming to downtown Louisville as a result of the upcoming availability of both the Kentucky International Convention Center and the new arena downtown. These conventions bring with them an economic impact of $10 million to the Louisville economy.

First, the Church of the Nazarene will bring its “24th Annual Global National Youth International Conference in 2011” to downtown Louisville. That summer, 12,000 young people will spend July 3-July 11 taking advantage of the citys connectivity by utilizing the Kentucky International Convention Center for its exhibits and meetings and the new downtown arena for its General Sessions.

“We decided to build this arena for two reasons,” said Gov. Beshear. “First, to create a new home and new excitement for U of L basketball, and to create economic development by attracting visitors and events to downtown Louisville. It's already paying off on the economic development front.”

The next convention, also announced by Gov. Beshear, is the “2013 North American Youth Conference” of the United Pentecostal Church International. The Conference will also utilize the downtown arena and the Kentucky International Convention Center. It will take place August 3-9, 2013 and bring 20,000 young people to Louisville.

“These conventions are, I am confident, just a start,” added Beshear.

“We are pleased that the Church of the Nazarene and United Pentecostal Church International said "'yes"' to Louisville and, with the package we now have to offer, we look forward to more convention announcements in coming months,” Abramson said.