State lawmakers and soccer fans in Indiana have a new website available where they can get information about the new 18,500-seat multipurpose stadium proposed for downtown Indianapolis. Indy Eleven Professional Soccer recently announced stadiumforindiana.com which will provide Hoosiers with the latest information on what the club hopes will be a permanent home for Indy Eleven games and more than 30 other sports and entertainment events to be held every year.
Visitors can use the website to learn more about the proposal, what benefits the new outdoor venue provides the State, view renderings of the stadium’s potential design – which has been created by world-renowned stadium architecture firm Populous – and find suggestions for how supporters can get involved.
Peter Wilt, President and General Manager of Indy Eleven, which is part of the North American Soccer League (NASL), said:
By leading the league in attendance last year, our growing fan base built Indy Eleven into a team that all Hoosiers can root for.
These same fans will be the ones who build this stadium because it’s paid for completely by those who attend stadium events. If you don’t go, you won’t pay. It’s that simple.
As well as Indy Eleven games, the stadium is expected to host at least 50 events annually, starting with the venue’s anticipated opening in 2017 at one of multiple locations being considered in downtown Indianapolis.
The projected US$82m cost to construct the facility is considerably less than similarly sized venues geared towards soccer that have been built throughout North America in the last 10 years. Indy Eleven sold out all 14 of its home games in 2014, with an NASL-leading average attendance of 10,465 fans, proving that the people of Indiana will support soccer at the professional level.
Ersal Ozdemir, owner of Indy Eleven and president and CEO of Keystone Group, said:
We are excited about building a home for Indy Eleven fans, and for all fans of soccer from around the state. But, our stadium is about more than just soccer. We encourage state lawmakers to consider the potential for such a facility for all sports at the professional, collegiate, high school and youth levels, as well as other community events, festivals and concerts.
While Ozdemir’s Keystone Group is involved in the stadium’s proposal, and would serve in an advisory capacity on construction, the company is not eligible for the contract to build the stadium.
On January 9, Indiana State Representative Todd Huston (Fishers – District 37) filed House Bill 1273 to facilitate the stadium’s construction. While the current bill seeks to change the Marion County professional sports development area (PSDA) to include the future stadium site, the bill is likely to see revisions as it makes its way through the legislative process.
A public entity would own the facility with Indy Eleven as a primary tenant.
If approved by the Indiana General Assembly, the proposed funding mechanism will not result in any increase in city or state taxes, nor will it divert taxpayer dollars earmarked for services or programs funded by the City or State.
Indy Eleven and other users of the facility will pay for the venue’s construction through revenue generated by stadium events, including sales and income taxes generated from sales within the facility and income taxes of players and employees. As part of the plan, Indy Eleven will also pay 10% of ticket revenues from events towards construction costs.
Ozdemir says he and the Indy Eleven leadership team look forward to meeting with state lawmakers in the coming months to answer their questions and discuss how the multipurpose stadium will be a win for Indiana.
ABOUT INDY ELEVEN
After selling out all 14 home games of its 2014 Inaugural Season in the North American Soccer League (NASL), a professional soccer league based in the United States and Canada, Indy Eleven is now preparing for its second season beginning in April 2015. The squad contests its home games at Michael A. Carroll Stadium on the campus of IUPUI in downtown Indianapolis, where an average of nearly 10,500 fans helped Indy Eleven lead the growing league in attendance during its first season.
Born Indy Pro Soccer after launching as the 11th member of the North American Soccer League on January 16, 2013, Indy Eleven established its identity 99 days later on the 152nd anniversary of the establishment of the 11th Indiana Regiment during the Civil War on April 25, 1861. The mission of Indy Eleven – “To win championships with and for the community” – stays true to its aim of fielding a team that will represent Indiana proudly on and off the field.