Sponsorship and Marketing Opportunities for

Sponsorship and Marketing Opportunities for Gamehole Con 2019 (Oct 31 – Nov 3)

To apply for an exhibitor booth, demo row spot, or any other marketing opportunity, go to our online form to fill out the application.

Just when we thought the past few years of growth was unsustainable, Gamehole Con 2018 proved us wrong. We remain the largest tabletop gaming convention in the region. Over 10,000 game tickets were sold to more than 4,000 attendees from around the country. We had one of the largest, if not the very largest, D&D AL hall in the country.

The Con grew by 30%, and as we have had this level of growth in each of the previous years, we expect the same next year. Positive feedback about the convention is all over social media and everyone is excited for Gamehole Con 2019:

  • Much love guys see you next year! I am looking forward to the Halloween extravaganza next year. • I wanted to write that my son and I had a great time this last weekend at Gamehole Con. The Kid's Track games are awesome.
  • This was my first con and I am looking forward to going again next year. • What a nice convention! Thank you so much for putting this on.
  • Last week, we had the gaming experience of our lives at Gamehole Con when gaming legends Matt Mercer and Steve Jackson stopped by our gaming table!
  • HMGS-Midwest would like to give heartfelt thanks to the staff at Gamehole. With a special kudos to Josh. The venue was great, the volunteers helpful, and the accommodations perfect. The carpeting was a welcome addition. I think our gamers had as much fun playing, as we did GMing. We will see everyone again next year.
  • Thank you for all that you and all of your staff have done to make this a great, safe, and fun adventure! Thank you for setting the tone so that everyone feels welcome at this big GHC gaming table.
  • Man, I had fun. Made lots of new friends, and had an absolute blast! 10/10 will do it again!
  • @GameholeCon has come to an end and I’m on my long trip back to Bosnia. Much better than I could have dreamed of. Thanks to all the organizers and volunteers!

Gamehole Con 2019 will once again be held at the Alliant Energy Center Exhibition Hall in Madison! For 2019, we will again expand our vendor space and welcome True Dungeon back for the 2019 Con.

The exhibitor hall sold out quickly in 2018 and spaces will go even faster again this year. Many past exhibitors have asked to come back and we have had many more exhibitors ask to take part at Gamehole Con 2019.

We invite you to join us for Gamehole 2019 and to take advantage of Gamehole Con’s success. The following guide contains just some of the different ways you can be involved at Gamehole Con 2019. If you would like to participate in another way, just let us know!

We will start taking Exhibitor Applications on December 15th. To apply, go to our exhibitor information page and fill out the application. These applications are necessary for both Dealer Hall and Demo Row spots.

Official Lanyard Sponsor of Gamehole Con 2019 ($5,000)

There will be at least 5,000 badge wearing people at Gamehole Con 2019. If you sponsor this, we will produce a high quality 5/8th-inch lanyard complete with a bulldog clip from which every person at the show will hang their badge. You can choose the lanyard color and add a repeating logo including up to two colors. This is an amazing opportunity to get your company’s logo in front of literally each and every attendee, exhibitor and Guest.

Official Sponsor of Gamehole Con 2019 ($300)

As an official sponsor of Gamehole Con you get:

  • Your logo listed on our site with a hyperlink to your webpage. Your logo is also part of a scrolling graphic on the bottom of each page of our site. Please take a look at our site and you can see the scroll of our past year’s sponsors. We will begin adding new sponsors to our site in early 2019.
  • Your logo listed in our Program.
  • Your logo listed in each email blast that we send out. There is at least one such blast to our approximately 6,000+ recipients each month. As we get closer to our Con and have deadlines and other matters to announce, those blasts become more frequent.
  • A stand-alone “thank you” post on our Facebook page acknowledging your sponsorship and support and telling everyone what makes your business great.

Lead Sponsor of Gamehole Con 2019 ($1,500) (SOLD)

As the lead sponsor of Gamehole Con you get:

  • Everything that is included with being an Official Sponsor above
  • You will be recognized as our Lead Sponsor in each and every of our email blasts.
  • A full-page ad in our program.
  • Signage in the lobby of the Alliant Energy Center provided by you. We will work with you on the options of such signage.

Laughing Otyugh Inn Sponsor ($2,500) (SOLD)

This area is immediately adjoining our D&D Adventure League Hall. It is outfitted to with comfy chairs, drinks, and other amenities and will be seen by the thousands of attendees that play in our D&D AL Hall, which is one of the largest in the country. Our special/charity D&D AL games will be run in this space as well. It can be adorned with some signage and/or branded table coverings provided by you.

Official Party/Reception Sponsor Gamehole Con 2019 ($1,000 - $2,000)

We have several exciting party/reception sponsorship opportunities for Gamehole Con 2019. They are:

Kick Off Party Sponsor ($2,000)

Our kick off party will be held in a ballroom at the Madison Sheraton hotel on the eve of Gamehole Con, Wednesday, October 30th. Included will be the space itself, a cash bar, and we will provide a half barrel of Spotted Cow beer to be served to our attendees free of charge. Nothing brings people to a party like free beer! At the Kick Off Party, you will have complete control of the programing. Do you want to give a talk/presentation? Great. Do you want to give away product? Certainly. Do you want to run demos? No problem. Do you want to put on some sort of AV demonstration? Sure, we can accommodate that. We can customize that evening's events to suit your purposes and we will heavily promote your sponsorship of this event.

Thursday, Friday (SOLD), and Saturday Nights Receptions Sponsor ($1,000 each)

On each of the listed evenings, Thursday October 31st, Friday November 1st, and Saturday November 2nd, we throw a reception at the Clarion Hotel. At each reception, like the Kick Off Party above, we will provide a half barrel of Spotted Cow beer to be served free to all reception goers. In a more limited fashion than the Kick Off Party, you can give a brief demonstration, give product away, or just be a charming host of the evening. We will promote each of these events indicating which sponsor is sponsoring each evening’s reception.

Custom Lounge Area ($2,000) (Sold)

On the second floor of the convention center, we set up a lounge complete with couches and comfortable chairs, coffee and end tables and even have a cash bar. This entire space can be sponsored by your company making this the [YOUR NAME HERE] Lounge. Last year Fantasy Flight sponsored this space and ran demos there all convention long. We will provide all the furniture and configure the gaming/demo tables in any way that you like. We will have signage downstairs directing people to your lounge. Finally, the sponsor of this lounge can place a banner of their creation on the balcony overlooking the show which is in a spot that virtually every Gamehole Con attendee will see.

Hotel Key Card Sponsorship ($7,500)

There are several hundred hotel rooms in the four hotels surrounding the Alliant Energy Center - The Clarion Suites, The Sheraton Madison, The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Central, and Comfort Inn Madison. Sponsors at this level will be able to customize the art on each and every hotel room key issued over the week of Gamehole Con at these four hotels. What an amazing marketing opportunity! Each and every attendee, vendor, or Guest staying at one of our surrounding hotels will have whatever information you want to deliver to them via their room card in their pockets/bags all weekend long.

Exhibiting Space in the Exhibitor Hall ($400 - $500) (Sold Out)

Our booth spaces include exhibitor tables with chairs. One 10’ x 10’ booth space for all 4 days is only $400 ($500 for a corner booth). If your booth requires a nearby outlet, the Alliant Energy Center will supply one for an additional $100. You also receive three universal Gamehole Con four-day badges for your business to use for the entire convention.

Demonstration Areas in Demo Row ($200 – space is limited)

Our demo row is very popular every year. As a result, we are going to expand this area. Each of these 15 tables can be purchased for the entire convention for $200. These spaces will be strictly limited to game designers demoing their own games. Sale of their games and supplements are permitted here. No sales of third-party products are permitted - that is restricted to the Dealer Hall. We wanted to create a less expensive space for our smaller game design partners. Each space comes with a draped table and two chairs. You also receive two universal Gamehole Con four-day badges for your use for the entire convention.

Official Gamehole Con 2019 Program Ad Space

We produce a fantastic program every year. We offer it in both electronic and print form. We include a fabulous custom map, bios of all the special guests, and tons of other useful information for our attendees. Our program artwork is second to none. We release a digital copy of the program in the weeks before the show increasing your ad’s exposure that much more.

Program ad prices for 2019:

  • Back Cover – Full Color $700
  • Inside Front Cover – Full Color $500
  • Inside Back Cover – Full Color $400
  • Full Page – B&W $300
  • Half Page – B&W $200

Custom Floor Graphics

We have the ability to provide custom floor graphics for you company or business. These of course vary widely in cost. If you are interested, contact us about prices and possible locations throughout the convention center.

Lobby Signage

Have a cool display or sign you want everyone to see? Contact us about prices and locations for our main lobby area!

Anything Else?

Don’t see a promotional item that you want? We are open to new ideas and happy to work with you to create custom solutions that will convey your company’s message in a unique way.

Contact: Sean Riley or Jason Knutson - Directors of Marketing : marketing@gameholecon.com

What Is Gamehole Con?

Thank you for your interest in our convention, Gamehole Con. Here you will find information about the convention in general, as well as pictures and other media from our past conventions. Please enjoy your tour and if you have any further questions,please let us know!