Gary's Genesis Convention Center is poorly suited for large conventions. There's no hotel nearby, and the husk of the former Sheraton Hotel stands as a reminder of the past failure to have a hotel and the Genesis Center be symbiotic.
The civic center opened three decades ago around the time the much larger Allstate Arena did in Rosemont, but never packed in the same crowds. Taxpayer subsidies kept the lights on, and the facility broke even last year after expenses were slashed by 30 percent.
GARY | Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson brought a message of affirmation to all who are working to improve Gary on Wednesday during her annual State of the City address.
GARY | Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson will deliver her third State of the City address at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Genesis Convention Center.
The former office for the Gary Splash and Steelheads professional basketball teams is shown in Gary's Genesis Convention Center.
Gary's Genesis Convention Center overlooks Gary City Hall and the Federal Court Building.
The Gary's Genesis Convention Center was home to the Gary Steelheads professional basketball team from 2000-2008, and to the Gary Splash professional basketball team until 2013. The center also has 13 meeting rooms including the 24,000 sq-ft Indiana Ballroom.
The sports arena at Gary's Genesis Convention Center seats 6,000.
The arena at Gary's Genesis Convention Center hasn't seen much team sports since the Steelheads left in 2008.
Gary's Genesis Convention Center sports arena hasn't seen much team sports action since the departure of the Gary Steelheds in 2008. The arena seats 6,000, and the convention center offers 13 different meeting rooms, including a 24,000 sq-ft ballroom.
Ed Hayes sets up tables and chairs Wednesday in preparation for the Mayor's State of the City address at Gary's Genesis Convention Center.
The Steel meeting room is shown at Gary's Genesis Convention Center.
The Dunes meeting room is shown at Gary's Genesis Convention Center.
GARY | The Majestic Star Casinos were welcomed here 17 years ago as the brightest hope this blighted city had seen in decades.
Enjoy guiltless and creative local shopping in NB and St. Joe; seasonal live theater at Royal George in Chicago and Pete Seeger event in Miller Beach.---Pat Colander, Associate Publisher and Editor.
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GARY | It's not the Magnificient Mile.
GARY | Indiana University Northwest will host its 47th annual commencement ceremony on May 9 beginning at 4 p.m. at the Genesis Center, located at 5th Avenue and Broadway in Gary.
GARY | Mark Turner, of Crown Point, lost his job when Wonder Bread went out of business in November.
GARY | The office of U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky announced a full slate of local employers would attend his Jobs and Opportunity Fair from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Indiana Hall of the Genesis Center in downtown Gary.
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