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Jehovah's Witnesses

Emily Hunt for WXXI News

For the first time in over 30 years, Rochester will not be hosting a regional convention for thousands of Jehovah's Witnesses this summer.

According to the religious organization, there was an 11th-hour breakdown in negotiations with Pegula Sports & Entertainment, the management company for the Blue Cross Arena.

"My understanding is it had to do with the cost of renting the arena, and they just couldn't come to terms," said Don Jeffries, president and CEO of Visit Rochester.