The National FFA Convention and Expo will be staying in Indianapolis through 2031, National FFA Chief Executive Officer Mark Poeschel announced in mid-December.
The annual convention and expo, which has been held in Indianapolis since 2016, hosts more than 67,000 attendees from across the country. It had an estimated economic impact of $39.8 million for Indianapolis in 2018.
The event uses downtown venues, including Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Lucas Oil Stadium, the Indiana Convention Center, the Indiana State Fairground and event hotels.
The National FFA Convention took place in Kansas City, Mo., from 1928-98. Louisville then hosted the event from 1999 to 2005, with Indianapolis being the host city from 2006-12. In 2009, the organization announced the national convention and expo would rotate every three years between Indianapolis and Louisville, with Louisville hosting the event 2013-15 and Indianapolis hosting the event 2016-18. In 2015, the decision was made to move the convention back to Indianapolis from 2016-24.
As the membership of the organization has grown, so has the attendance of the national convention and expo. Following the 90th National FFA Convention and Expo, the National FFA board of directors opened a bid process for cities wanting to host the national convention and expo beginning in 2025. The final decision was between Atlanta and Indianapolis.