Arena and convention center bring new business to Louisville


by News Release

Posted on August 7, 2009 at 1:40 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 15 at 3:52 PM

Louisville, KY (August 7, 2009) - Governor Steve Beshear 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 city?s 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.

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," said Mayor Jerry Abramson.