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Sac Soccer and Entertainment Holdings (SSEH) released the first images of the proposed Major League Soccer (MLS) stadium designed by acclaimed architecture firm HNTB. The images were launched online at Along with a presentation of the Preliminary Term Sheet to Mayor Johnson and City Council earlier this week, the news signals completion of Operation Turnkey.

Kevin Nagle, SSEH Managing Partner, said:

I’m thrilled to unveil a stadium design worthy of our fans and community. When we first hired HNTB, we challenged them to design the best home pitch advantage in MLS in a way that would celebrate both Sacramento and the world’s game. Without a doubt, HNTB has delivered.

Mayor Kevin Johnson, said:

Congratulations to Sacramento Republic FC on the release of new stadium preliminary renderings that offer an exciting glimpse into the future of downtown Sacramento. Today’s news also marks the successful completion of Operation Turnkey, one month ahead of schedule. Time and again, Sacramento has proven that we are a community, a Republic, that delivers and let there be no doubt that Sacramento is ready for Major League Soccer.

The preliminary renderings come after several months of concept design research and development. In formulating ideas for the stadium, the design team drew input from workshops, focus groups with Sacramento Republic FC fans and corporate partners, and an online survey completed by nearly 3,500 members of the public. In addition, SSEH, Legends and HNTB executives toured top MLS stadiums across the country and studied internationally-acclaimed soccer stadiums in Europe and South America.

Scott Capstack, HNTB’s Director of Design, commented:

Sacramento will set the tone for the next generation of MLS stadiums. The design harnesses the passion of Sacramento Republic FC fans and draws inspiration from top European and South American soccer stadiums in ways that few, if any, MLS stadiums have ever done before.

During the design process, SSEH sought to achieve three goals:

  • Create the Best Home Pitch Advantage in MLS – The Stadium will create the most intense and intimidating match experience in MLS – a place Sacramento Republic FC players love to play and other teams dread to visit. Key design features include: the steepest rake in MLS to put fans as close to the action as possible; and a closed bowl and continuous roof structure that wraps around all four sides of the pitch to capture and concentrate fan energy towards the pitch.
  • Celebrate the Best of Sacramento – The Stadium will celebrate Sacramento’s unique aesthetics, neighbourhoods and landmarks. The exterior appearance and building structure is inspired by the bevelled star in the Club’s crest, a symbol celebrating the city’s location as the capital city of California; tree-like structures ‘grow’ at the stadium’s perimeter in a nod to the “City of Trees;” construction materials and proximity to light rail will showcase the site’s roots in the historic Railyards district; and site and landscape design will pay homage to Sacramento’s agricultural heritage.
  • Draw Inspiration From the World’s Game – The design team looked to the best soccer stadiums in the United Kingdom, Germany and South America for inspiration. The Sacramento stadium borrows the concept of neighbourhoods from traditional English Premier League clubs by creating four distinct stands, each with its own identity. The stadium’s East Stands will create an intimidating “wall of noise” reminiscent of the Yellow Wall at the Bundesliga’s Westfalenstadion. Inspired by the passionate “hinchada” supporter groups in South America, a separate section, entrance and club will enable Sacramento Republic FC’s most die-hard fans unique opportunities to showcase their passion. The setup will enable supporter groups, like the Tower Bridge Battalion, to enter the stands together and assemble socially before and after the match.

This news represents another milestone in ‘Operation Turnkey,’ an initiative launched in April 2015 by Sacramento Mayor, Kevin Johnson, SSEH Managing Partner, Kevin Nagle, and Sacramento Republic FC President, Warren Smith to strengthen Sacramento’s bid for an MLS expansion team.

Plans for a new stadium are on track, pending an MLS expansion award to Sacramento, with the facility ready to open as soon as the 2018 MLS season.


Images courtesy: Sacramento Republic FC/HNTB


Images courtesy: Sacramento Republic FC/HNTB


Southend United FC has advised that they will be unveiling the latest, revised plans for their new football/soccer stadium and retail complex later this month, which the Club says will “play a huge role in the town’s regeneration”.

The public exhibition will be held on Friday the 23rd and Saturday 24th of October 2015 in the Blues Lounge at Roots Hall Stadium, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS2 6NQ.
The scheme will deliver a new 21,000-seat stadium incorporating a 131-bed hotel and residential development, an 11-12 screen cinema, retail and restaurant floorspace, together with related ancillary infrastructure at Fossetts Farm. In addition, two soccer domes will be developed, one for use by the community, including the Cecil Jones Academy and one for Southend United Football Club for training purposes and to aid the Club’s Academy aspirations in developing young talent for the future.

A statement posted on the Club’s website says:

We write to invite you to attend a public exhibition to view the emerging proposals for revised plans relating to the relocation of Southend United FC to Fossetts Farm, on Eastern Avenue.

 The relocation of the Club to Fossetts Farm may not be new news to you, the scheme, whilst similar in content to previous approved plans, has been amended, including additional Community facilities.

The development forms part of wider plans by Martin Dawn plc to construct a new football stadium for Southend United. Martin Dawn plc is in advanced discussions with British Land plc to forward fund the retail development, which will facilitate the first phase of the new stadium.

British Land plc is the UK’s largest listed owner and manager of retail space and a market leader in the design and development of Shopping Parks. Their skill is to create environments which support today’s work and leisure lifestyles… providing a perfect ‘neighbour’ for the Club’s plans.

In addition, two soccer domes will be developed, one for use by the community including Cecil Jones Academy and one for Southend United Football Club for training purposes and to aid the Club’s Academy aspirations in developing young talent for the future.

Please come along to the consultation. There will be both professional personnel coordinating the application and members of the Clubs’ Commercial Team to discuss the plans and answer questions.

Image courtesy: Southend United FC

Image courtesy: Southend United FC

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The development of a multi-purpose sports complex at Kai Tak, Hong Kong, on the site of the old international airport, is taking significant steps forward.

The development of the sports facility is in line with the government’s objectives for sport in Hong Kong, covering community sport, elite sport and top-class events.

Outline government decisions around a Design, Build and Operate contract have been taken, with the plan to achieve a contract award in 2017 showing clear intent of progress.

The current scheme includes a 50,000-seat, retractable roofed stadium, a public sports ground with seats for at least 5,000 and an indoor arena with 4,000 seats together with offices, hotel and retail.

Consultants have been appointed and plans for the tender process are being developed.


Alastair Graham, Director, KPMG Hong Kong (Programme Manager – Kai Tak Multi-Purpose Sports Complex), will be giving an introduction to the exciting new Kai Tak Stadium project on Day III (Wednesday 30th September) of our ‘live’ event, Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific.

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The second phase of the selection process for the Espai Barça project has begun, with eight teams to present their proposals for the New Camp Nou, and six others for the New Palau Blaugrana.

The competition for architectural projects for the construction of the New Camp Nou and the New Palau Blaugrana has moved into its second phase, with the announcement of the list of finalists. The jury has chosen eight teams, who will prepare their architectural proposals for the football stadium and another six teams who will do the same for the New Palau, based on recommendations made by the technical commission, made up of the Espai Barça team and two architects representing the College of Catalan Architects (COAC).

The Espai Barça jury is formed of five members from the Club, three members from the COAC and one member from Barcelona City Council. The representatives from FC Barcelona are Josep Maria Bartomeu, Susana Monje, Jordi Moix, Emili Rousaud and the architect Juan Pablo Mitjans. The members from COAC are Lluís Comerón and the architects Arcadi Pla and Joan Forgas, whilst the member from the City Council is Aurora López, City Director of Urban Planning.

The finalists have now received all the necessary technical information for the compilation of their projects, including the regulations, criteria and technical documentation from the Espai Barça team.

In the case of the design competition for the New Camp Nou, the teams have two months to submit their proposals and in the case of the New Palau, one and a half months.

After a technical examination of the proposals presented according to the criteria established in the regulations for the second phase and the final selection of the candidates by the technical committee, the jury will announce the winning projects.

Statement from President Josep Maria Bartomeu:

We have taken one step further in the development of the Espai Barça, which the members voted for in a referendum. We began a few months ago with the awarding of Miniestadi project, which is already underway, and now the jury has gathered to choose the finalists — eight teams of architects for the New Camp Nou and six for the New Palau Blaugrana. It was hard work, we reviewed many documents and many proposals, and I think we made a good choice and I am very grateful to the jury their work. It is an independent jury, with experts in the world of architecture, engineering, construction, and thanks to them we can say that we are now starting this second phase, which is very important to the Espai Barça. We are very satisfied with the level of studies presented and we believe that those chosen include many of the best firms in the world that do this kind of sports architecture and in time we will see the fruits. Now we have to wait a few months to see the finalists‘ proposals and reconvene the jury.

Statement from Director Jordi Moix:

The jury analysed studies from the technical committee and evaluated the 45 firms that made proposals for the Stadium and the Palau and, following the criteria outlined in the tender, the looked mainly at experience in these types of facilities, both stadiums and arenas; the teams got together along with thetechnical consultants who were experts in structures, facilities, roofs that collaborated with the candidates. We then chose the eight teams for Camp Nou and six for the Palau that we thought we could work with under theconditions that were outlined. Now, in this second phase, the finalists will work during the next three months according to the requirements that we set forth, from a construction, volume and operations point of view, and they’ll develop their projects. At the end of the year we’ll take a look at the projects and choose two winning proposals.

The finalists

For the New Camp Nou:









For the New Palau Blaugrana:








More details on the New Camp Nou:

The capacity will be 105,053, the interior construction of the stadium will rise from 40,000m² to 104,000 m² and work is due to end in 2021.

The first tier of the stadium will be fully reformed, with more vertical seating, offering significantly better views than in the existing venue.

The third tier will be completed on the west side of the ground, and a large roof will be installed over the whole of the terraces.

It has been announced that Nikken Sekkei is to team up with Zaha Hadid Architects to submit a proposal for Japan’s New National Stadium design & build competition.

A representative from Nikken Sekkei said:

On 1 September, the New National Stadium’s new Design and Build competition was announced with a much shorter design and construction schedule. While the new selection criteria and scoring system places greater emphasis on costs and construction term, it also requires the delivery of a stadium that is celebrated not only by all Japanese, but also all athletes, spectators and people around the world. Therefore the highest standards of architectural planning and design are essential, in addition to the detailed considerations of the stadium’s cost and construction delivery schedule.

From May 2013, Nikken Sekkei, the leading architecture and engineering company in Japan, worked on the New National Stadium as part of the design joint venture (comprising Nikken Sekkei, Azusa Sekkei, Nihon Sekkei, and Ove Arup & Partners Japan, where Nikken led the team and was also responsible for the structural engineering design). This team completed the Framework Design, Schematic Design and detailed Design Development stages of the Stadium project, working with Zaha Hadid Architects as Design Supervisor at each stage.

During this design process, the team has spent a tremendous amount of time on a very comprehensive analysis of the unique characteristics of this sensitive site, as well as the most efficient planning for athletes, spectators and the Stadium’s long-term management operations. Detailed plans to optimize safety, comfort, and integration with surrounding natural environment, have been fully developed, which include in-depth discussions with all local authorities; resulting in over 4,000 drawings of detailed Design Development. It is technically ready to start construction.

We believe the best way to respond to the new brief is to maximize the use of the expertise gained by the design team over the past two years. Our company is certain that retaining the team of Design Supervisor and Designers can deliver the best National Stadium and we have invited Zaha Hadid Architects to join the design team. Applying this knowledge and experience of the project, this team can further develop the design to the new brief as a cost-effective proposal to realize the world’s best National Stadium. 

 A representative from Zaha Hadid said:

Our team in Japan and the UK have worked closely with Nikken Sekkei to develop a design for the New National Stadium for Japan that meets the Government’s core principles and it is an honour to be invited by Nikken Sekkei to progress the design together to the revised technical brief.

Building on the two years of work and knowledge in which the Japanese people have invested, Zaha Hadid Architects and Nikken Sekkei are able to quickly develop a comprehensive, fully costed design and, in partnership with a committed construction contractor, the most cost-effective delivery plan that ensures the New National Stadium is ready in good time for the preparations ahead of Tokyo 2020.


A short summary of the video presentation of the existing design can be downloaded at: (Japanese version) and at: (English version)

The New South Wales (NSW) Government has confirmed that it will invest more than AUS$1bn on building new and redeveloping existing stadiums across Sydney over the next decade, with the first project being a new 30,000-seat stadium in Parramatta.

NSW Premier, Mike Baird, said Sydney needed world-class sporting venues and that the investment would ensure fans and sporting teams had the facilities they deserved. He added:

Our first priority is building a new 30,000-seat stadium at Parramatta on the site of the existing facility, with work to begin as soon as possible and construction expected to be completed by 2019.

This huge investment in our stadia will boost our capacity to attract big ticket events to NSW, as well as create and support thousands of jobs.

Along with the Parramatta stadium, other upgrades and new stadiums will include:

  • A new rectangular stadium at Moore Park with 50,000 to 55,000 seats
  • The redevelopment of Stadium Australia, which could include a retractable roof
  • A new indoor arena near the CBD
  • A new outer western Sydney sporting venue
  • Completion of the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) upgrade*

AUS$600m has been set aside in Rebuilding NSW and the NSW Government will provide a further allocation of funding to complete the projects.


*Jason Hill, General Manager – Commercial, Sydney Cricket & Sports Ground Trust, is one of the 50+ industry-elite speakers taking part in this month’s must-attend event for everyone involved in sports venue design, build, management, operation, fit-out and technology, Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015.

The event is being hosted at the Singapore Sports Hub, September 28-30.

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The Calgary Flames have unveiled plans for a new hockey arena and events centre, as well as a football stadium with a roof, on property west of downtown.

Flames CEO, Ken King, introduced his plans to replace the 32-year-old Scotiabank Saddledome and 55-year-old McMahon Stadium.

The complex reportedly would cost CA$890m and would be paid from four sources – a CA$240m community revitalisation levy, a CA$250m ticket tax, CA$200m from the city to fund the 30,000-seat football stadium, and CA$200m from the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation (CSEC), the Flames’ ownership group.

King told the Calgary Herald:

I’m so happy to share this vision. It’s going to be a little different than people think.

The development, which is being called ‘CalgaryNEXT‘, is proposed for the community of Sunalta, nearby the Bow River. It was officially introduced to Calgarians through a series of information sessions and a media conference conducted by the Calgary Sports & Entertainment Corporation (CSEC), while also launched worldwide via:

For more than a decade, CSEC has had a vision for Calgary – a place where all Calgarians can unite in active living, sports and entertainment – a centre for the community and destination for world class events.

CalgaryNEXT includes a Multisport Fieldhouse Stadium with state-of-the-art sports and world-class athletic training facilities. It will be the anchor for a thriving field sport community and combined with the arena event centre, will be the catalyst for new economic growth on the western edge of Calgary’s urban core. The Multisport Fieldhouse Stadium will have a seating capacity of 30,000 for football games and other events.

CalgaryNEXT also includes an innovatively designed arena event centre – a place that will host both professional and amateur ice and sporting events. It will also increase capacity for concerts and conferences. The event centre will be a community gathering place for sports and events, as well as unique public spaces and a variety of food and beverage options.

The arena event centre will have seating in the range of 19,000 – 20,000 fans for hockey and lacrosse games, cultural events, and community service.

CalgaryNEXT will be designed to host world-class national and international events that wouldn’t otherwise be in Calgary: Premier events, including soccer, track & field, cultural festivals and concerts; bringing significant economic benefits to the city.

CalgaryNEXT’s location near the Bow River will also be a catalyst that will draw residential and commercial development that will see a vibrant new community with shops, cafes and retail space. It will be the globally recognised centrepiece of a revitalized West Village. It will enable the completion of our urban core and transform how Calgarians live, work and play.


The planned Multi-Sport Fieldhouse Stadium at CalgaryNEXT


Images courtesy: Calgary Flames/CSEC


Beckham Miami United presents new plans for soccer-specific stadium

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David Beckham’s investment group, Beckham Miami United, has reached an initial agreement over plans for a proposed privately-funded, 25,000-seat, soccer-specific stadium on a site next to the Miami Marlins baseball park (pictured above).

The agreement is for the new stadium, planned to accommodate Beckham’s proposed new and, as yet unnamed, Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise for the start of the 2018/19 season. The site was previously home to the Orange Bowl, where the Miami Dolphins National Football League (NFL) franchise played before it was demolished to make way for Marlins Park in 2008.

Image courtesy: Miami Herald

Image courtesy: Miami Herald

In a statement after a conference call with Miami Mayor, Tomas Regalado, a spokesperson for the Miami Beckham United group confirmed the new site, saying “we’re excited about sharing our plans with the city, county and community soon”.

Regalado told a press conference that he had spoken with one of Beckham’s partners, Sprint Corp Chief Executive, Marcelo Claure, who told him that the group had chosen the new site:

We’re still in the early planning stages and several viable options still exist, but our preferred stadium location is the former Orange Bowl site.

And a spokesperson for Beckham Miami United confirmed after Friday’s meeting:

Today’s meeting with Mayor Regalado was another positive step toward bringing a world-class soccer club to Miami. We’re still in the early planning stages and several viable options still exist, but our preferred stadium location is the former Orange Bowl site.

David, Marcelo and Simon [Fuller] are thrilled by the initial outpouring of support we’ve received from our fans and we’re excited about sharing our plans with the city, county and community soon.

Beckham has said he wants to build a 20,000-seat stadium with USD$250m in private financing and launch the team by 2018-19.

The news comes after more than 18 months of discussions with Miami’s lawmakers over a potential location for the stadium in the city.


Main image: Marlins Park. Courtesy: Populous/Nick Vedros.


Initial plans for a new stadium for English National League side, Forest Green Rovers (FGR), have been unveiled by the Club and Ecotricity, the Stroud-based green energy company, as part of a 100-acre sports and green technology centre called ‘Eco Park’.


Located at Junction 13 of the M5, half of Eco Park will be dedicated to creating state-of-the-arts sporting facilities, including a 5,000-capacity all-seater stadium for FGR (capable of expansion to 10,000), training fields, 4G pitches, multi-disciplinary sporting area, as well as a sports science hub.


The other half of Eco Park will comprise a green technology business park with sustainably built commercial offices and light industrial units potentially capable of creating up to 4,000 jobs.


A public consultation on the initial ‘concept design’ will now begin, including a meeting with the FGR Advisory Board and ‘drop-in sessions’ at The New Lawn stadium in the coming weeks for fans to provide feedback on the plans.


The overall concept also includes the potential development of a public transport hub, including a Stroud Park and Ride, and will also see Ecotricity work with the Cotswold Canals Trust to open up part of the ‘missing mile’ of the Stroudwater canal beside the M5.

Dale Vince, Ecotricity founder and FGR Chairman, said:

Eco Park could be a fantastic development for Stroud, a great new home for Forest Green Rovers, and a centre of excellence for sport in Gloucestershire.  

At the same time, it’s going to be a place where green businesses and technology companies come together and share ideas, a real focal point of creativity and innovation for the area – and a part of the green industrial revolution that’s beginning to take off around the world.

Today we’re going public with the concept and it marks the beginning of the consultation phase – we’re keen to hear what people think and we’re open to ideas.


Ecotricity is the biggest employer in Stroud, with 600 people located across four buildings in the town centre, and has recently opened a new factory to manufacture small windmills at Q Park in Stroud – part of the idea of Eco Park is also to provide room for the continued expansion of the company’s operations.


David Owen, Chief Executive of GFirst Local Enterprise Partnership, said:

This is a fantastic concept and would have huge benefits for Stroud and Gloucestershire. Our Strategic Economic Plan highlights the unique opportunity the M5 corridor offers through the Growth Zone. It’s a great location with excellent transport links, and could provide a huge employment boost for the area.

Like many areas, Stroud has its large share of out-commuters – talent going out of Stroud for work. Eco Park would be a chance to keep talent and investment in the area, so we’re excited to be involved.


The Finance Committee of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council has approved HK$62.7m (US$8.1m) in pre-construction funds for the planned Kai Tak Multi-purpose Sports Complex.

According to a report in the South China Morning Post, the funds will be used for consultancy studies on technical and quantity surveying, ground investigation and topographic and tree surveys, before actual construction can go ahead.

First proposed in 2004, the Hong Kong Government plans to use around 8% of the former site of the administrative region’s former airport for a planned 50,000-seat sports stadium with a retractable roof, 5,000-seat sports ground and 4,000-seat indoor sports centre.

Having previously sought private funding for what will be the city’s biggest sports complex, the Government is likely to have to meet the entire cost of the HK$23bn (US$2.9bn) development.

Construction of the much-delayed project could begin in two years’ time, with a 2020 completion date mooted.

Meanwhile, many fear that the development of the Singapore Sports Hub – the host venue for our must-attend Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 conference & trade show – has seen Singapore overtake Hong Kong as a venue for major sporting events and fixtures in East Asia.


Image shows the planned Kai Tak Stadium precinct.

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Castleford Tigers’ new stadium plans gather momentum

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The government has said it does not need to call-in the planning application for the GBP135m Five Towns Park, which includes a new stadium for Castleford Tigers.

Wakefield Council approved the original planning application back in February but due to the size of the scheme the application was sent to the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), however the government has now said it does not need to assess the application.

The GBP£135m development proposal – planned for land just off junction 32 of the M62 at Glass Houghton – also includes retail outlets and a country park.

Steve Gill, Castleford Tigers’ Chief Executive, said:

We are still waiting for this to be 100% confirmed at our end but this is massive news not just for the Club but for the town.

It means we can take the Club forward and it means we won’t be scraping around every year for money. But for me, it’s about more than the stadium. It means so much to the Cas people. It’s going to bring 2,000 jobs and that is something we, as a town, massively need.

It’s great news for the Tigers’ fans as well. Our dream has finally come to fruition and I would like to thank everybody who has helped us along the way.

The development is planned to be built on land between Stainburn Avenue and Spittal Hardwick Lane, and will include a 10,000-capacity stadium, as well as a new food store, petrol station, high-quality retail outlets and a country park.

Yvette Cooper, MP for Pontefract and Castleford, said:

This is brilliant news and shows that all our lobbying and campaigning for the new stadium has paid off. Thousands of local people have been campaigning for this, and it’s a long overdue chance for the top class facilities Cas Tigers and the town really need.

We’ve been arguing for a new stadium for over ten years – so this should be the last hurdle now, because we need to get on with it. I love the atmosphere at Wheldon Road but it’s time the team had the best facilities.

Cas Tigers do so much at the heart of our town, that’s why the town has backed the club so strongly to get the new stadium now.

A DCLG spokesman said:

Ministers have carefully considered the Five Towns Park planning application against the government’s call-in policy and decided that the application should be left with the local council to decide.

Call-in of planning applications is used for only a small number of planning cases of more than local significance and Ministers believe planning decisions should be made at the local level wherever possible.

It is expected to create around 2,000 jobs and contribute around GBP£7m to the local economy.

Philip Lunn, Managing Director of Lateral Property Group, said:

We welcome the secretary of state’s decision not to ‘call-in’ the Five Towns Park planning application and to allow Wakefield Council’s decision to stand. This is a significant step towards the delivery of this development.

I am sure that many people within the community will be delighted with this news. We expect to make further announcements soon.

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AS Roma President, James Pallotta, Eurnova CEO, Luca Parnasi, and representatives of AS Roma SPV LLC, along with project partners Lend Lease, Parsitalia, MEIS, Libeskind and LAND, hosted a media briefing earlier this week in the presence of the City Council representatives to acknowledge the submission of the comprehensive dossier to the Comune di Roma.

The media event, a key milestone in the Tor di Valle-Stadio della Roma journey, was designed to communicate to the public the latest developments and progress to date of one of the most important privately-financed urban regeneration projects in Europe, worth approximately €1.5bn.

AS Roma President, James Pallotta, enthused at the meeting:

Today represents an historic milestone for the City of Rome and AS Roma. We’re proud of the job done by our team of international experts in the last three years and we thank the Rome Administration for the great collaboration shown since the first presentation of the project, at Campidoglio in December 2013.

Mayor Marino and his staff have been challenging us along the way to make the project better and I believe we’ve done everything possible to make Tor di Valle-Stadio della Roma a new safe, connected, exciting and sustainable epicenter that will allow a better way to live in the city and trigger economic development in the area, with AS Roma and the new stadium serving as the anchor for many generations to come.

We all look forward to playing in AS Roma’s new stadium. The fans deserve this new stadium and it will be a key driver for the club’s continued success.

The master site ecosystem will encompass a 125 hectare campus, combining advanced sports and entertainment facilities – including a 52,500-60,000-seat stadium and Nuova Trigoria – a business park, a centralised entertainment district Convivium and green areas.

By integrating these components, the Tor di Valle master site will be able to ensure that this sports, commercial and entertainment complex is a lasting and viable new addition to Rome’s most enduring landmarks.

Mark Pannes, CEO of Stadio della Roma, commented during the event:

Today’s submission of the comprehensive master site dossier – looking at the next approval steps with Comune and Regione Lazio – shows a clear commitment towards the Italian institutions, economy and business environment. Tor di Valle-Stadio della Roma is a project that will continue to ignite the spirit and energy of the great city of Rome and its citizens. We expect to create at least 12,000 new jobs and many opportunities for local companies. We’re proud to be leading this world-renowned development and to-date we have committed €55m total – €30m direct domestic investment – in pre-construction work. Over the next few years, we’re eager to expand that investment to an additional €1.5bn for the construction of the entire master site.

Security will be one of key features of the project as we want to create a safe and family-friendly environment for fans and visitors. The Stadio della Roma team has been working closely with the International Centre for Sports Security (ICSS) surrounding the design, implementation and management of the highest-level security objectives including security risk assessment and security strategy development for both on-site infrastructure and cyber security plus a state-of-the-art, 24-hour security surveillance for the entire master site.

According to the final dossier submitted, Tor di Valle-Stadio della Roma will become the district of Rome with the strongest public transportation connections bringing great benefits to the surrounding areas thanks to multiple access points for fans and visitors, including pedestrian and vehicular bridges, Metro B, Roma-Lido and Roma-Fiumicino railways. The design of accessibility and usability will allow more than 50% of visitors to use public transportation to reach the site. In addition, massive public and combined private/public parking infrastructure are planned, to include over 10,000 new vehicle parking spaces.

Tor di Valle-Stadio della Roma development plans include great attention to sustainability and green spaces, with a dedicated team bringing in global expertise in green certifications and cutting-edge energy efficiency technologies. The sustainability plan includes renewable energy programs and maximum recycling capabilities, in addition to creating new urban park areas. The Tor di Valle-Stadio della Roma master plan exceeds national and local regulation for green and renewable energy with over 50% of the master site consisting of green spaces and parks.

Following the submission to the Comune di Roma, the City Council will be reviewing the comprehensive master site plan before opening up the review process to the Lazio Regional government. Groundbreaking is projected in late 2015, with the new stadium substantially completed by late 2017, in time for the 2017-18 season, with the entertainment and business districts opening in 2018.

Representatives of AS Roma SPV, LLC and Eurnova – along with all the partners of the project – thanked the institutions and authorities for the constant dialogue and transparency, confirming full commitment to continue working together.

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Orlando City Soccer Club and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer have announced that, due to the overwhelming market response to Lions’ matches at home, the Club will increase capacity in the new stadium to accommodate between 25,000-28,000 fans, and will provide additional enhanced amenities for a ‘premium’ fan experience.

In addition, the Club announced it will privately fund the entire downtown stadium construction, allowing the project to move forward immediately with an expected completion date of summer 2016.

The City of Orlando has agreed to sell the property in Parramore, designated as the site for the Downtown Soccer Stadium, to Orlando City SC, and the Club has agreed to develop the stadium. Orlando City SC will become the sole owners and operators of the venue.

The original designs for the US$100m stadium, which were created by world-renowned architects Populous, were for 19,000-capacity stadium.

Orlando City SC Majority Owner, Flavio Augusto da Silva, commented:

Orlando is an incredible market for professional soccer and attendance at our matches clearly demonstrates that demand. Before deciding to invest in Orlando City, I researched several markets around the country for professional soccer but Orlando became the ideal location because of the fan base and the city’s leadership. I believe in Mayor Dyer’s vision for the future of this great city, which is why we are investing even more into this project today. I am very excited for the future and very grateful for the wonderful partnership with Mayor Dyer and the City of Orlando.

Mayor Dyer added:

Strong partnerships are the foundation of Central Florida’s success and today’s announcement with Orlando City is another win for our entire community. A new soccer stadium in Downtown Orlando brings significant economic impact not just to Orlando but the entire region. Another benefit for our City is, a privately-owned stadium will generate property taxes that we can reinvest in our Parramore and Downtown neighbourhoods.

Club President & Founder, Phil Rawlins, said:

We have repeatedly called Orlando the ‘Soccer Capital of the South’ and our fans continue to strengthen that reputation each and every week. The incredible response from our fans and partners has led us to pursue a larger facility with enhanced amenities. We didn’t come here to be average, we came here to continually defy expectations and our vision for the new stadium will rank us among the top three clubs in MLS.

Importantly, we remain committed to our neighbours in Parramore and our significant investment further validates that commitment. The new stadium will contribute to the economic growth of Parramore during construction and in its operation, and will be a point of pride for residents and fans alike.

Through its first seven home games, nearly 250,000 fans have attended Lions’ matches at the Orlando Citrus Bowl, including over 52,000 from outside the state of Florida – which is roughly the equivalent of a major college bowl game every five weeks. These out-of-state fans inject new money to the local economy by staying in hotels, eating in restaurants, shopping in stores and purchasing services.

Fans of Orlando City SC have travelled from 49 different states and 64 different countries to see the Lions play in person. In its inaugural season, the Club has the second highest average attendance in MLS, drawing 37,400 per game. Excluding the inaugural match, which drew 62,510 people, the Lions still average 30,300 per match.

Stadium Design
The stadium design will be based on a full 360-degree lower bowl built below ground level with a unique 3-stand seating upper bowl. It will be surrounded by open and expansive fan plazas on the south end, leading to a ‘sports and entertainment corridor’, which will serve as a large common gathering area for fans during events.

Other hospitality and fan amenities include a range of VIP hospitality areas, a midfield Club Lounge with views of the playing field, up to 38 luxury suites and an elevated 360-degree balcony-style bar within the scoreboard structure.

The stadium’s location – one block from the Orlando Magic’s Amway Center – will allow for synergy between the two facilities and increased activity in the surrounding area.

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AC Milan clear first hurdle in bid to build new stadium

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Italy’s Serie A side, AC Milan, have cleared the first hurdle in their quest for a new stadium, with the plan among those approved by Fondazione Fiera.

The Rossoneri are planning to build a new arena in the Portello area of the city, with their bid just one of many submitted for the land.

The Diavolo’s plan is one of two preferred options, with the other being an undertaking by asset management company Prelios in conjunction with Vitali.

“AC Milan is pleased with the attention that has been given to its project by the Fondazione Fiera,” the club said in a statement on its official website, which continued: “Milan is convinced in the quality and the uniqueness if its bid and the importance that it represents for the city of Milan. Milan aims to build a sustainable and environmentally friendly stadium, easily accessible by public transport, that blends in with the local area and that can offer the city educational, recreational and social activities 7 days a week. Ours is mainly a cultural challenge and as is often the case abroad, the creation of an urban stadium favours the development of the area in which it is built. Fans will be given greater responsibility but at the same time zero tolerance to those who behave inappropriately in and out of the stadium.”

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A.C. Milan and Arup presented their expression of interest for the redevelopment of a central area in Milan to host the new A.C. Milan stadium

The innovative venue will include a modern stage for the home matches of the club together with a hotel, a sports college, restaurants, children’s playground, green areas and spaces open to the city and dedicated to public use.

The project, developed by Arup’s architecture, urban planning and engineering team in Milan, is well rooted in the long-lasting experience built on some of the most exciting sports projects in the world.

The new stadium will also provide a unique experience to the spectators, with particular attention towards families, with cutting-edge technologies and facilities.

The project has been developed with a fully holistic and integrated approach where all the design components have been carefully balanced around the spectator’s experience. Some of these innovative components include sight-lines analysed and designed for every seat and developed by an Arup parametric tool that guarantees the best possible view from every location in the stadium; high-tech solutions that will enhance the spectators’ experience before, during and after the matches and special VIP facilities with lounges and spaces with a direct view on the mixed-zone and on the route from the athletes’ changing rooms to the pitch.

As part of the sustainablity improvements, the stadium will include a moveable roof to mitigate noise in the surroundings and special attention will be dedicated to the social and environmental needs of the users.

Image: As part of the sustainablity improvements, the stadium will include a moveable roof to mitigate noise in the surroundings. Courtesy: Arup.

Scunthorpe United’s 12,000-seater stadium plans approved

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Football League club Scunthorpe United’s plans for a new 12,000-seater football stadium have been approved following North Lincolnshire Council’s planning committee meeting on Wednesday.

The plans have been given the greenlight by councillors subject to Highways and Environment Agency issues over access and flooding being resolved.The club hopes to move into the 12,000-seater stadium, designed by the Frank Whittle Partnership (FWP), in July 2016.Club Chairman, Peter Swann, said:

We will be able to announce details of the contractors who we have got to build the stadium in the middle of May.
Now it’s all systems ‘go’ as we embark on an exciting journey for the club.

Stadium design by FWP

The striking new, state-of-the-art stadium designed by the Frank Whittle Partnership (FWP) for Scunthorpe United, should open in time for the start of the 2016/17 season.

The 12,000-capacity, all-seater stadium is part of a masterplan for a GBP£25m out-of-town football and leisure development created by FWP’s architecture and design team for the club on a site near its present Glanford Park ground.

The overall FWP plan also includes a 100-bed hotel, a multi-use indoor arena, community sports pitches and, potentially, indoor and outdoor bowling facilities.

The new home for the League One side, expected to cost in the region of GBP£18m, will have club and executive facilities, a gym, office space and areas for commercial development as well as a club venue and supporters’ bar.

A sweeping curve on the main stand designed by FWP is enhanced by a striking truss which pays homage to Scunthorpe’s steelwork history – the club is nicknamed The Iron.

David Robinson, Managing Partner at FWP, said:

We have worked very hard with the club to create a vibrant and modern development that will be a real asset to the community and the local economy. The aim is develop modern facilities that will be used by members of the community seven days a week, throughout the year, something we believe is vitally important for modern day sports venues to provide.

The football stadium is really special and the design, with its sweeping curves, is striking. It will provide the club and its fans with fantastic facilities and we’ve designed the stands to ensure the supporters are close to the action on the pitch, adding to the atmosphere and the match day experience.

The plan will deliver a vibrant, modern new home for Scunthorpe United and its supporters. There is no doubt that this development will be of major benefit not only to the club and its fans but also to the whole community.

FWP has worked on projects with Preston North End and Fleetwood Town, and is developing stadia and community assets for clubs such as Oldham Athletic, FC United of Manchester, Peterborough United and Berwick Rangers. It is also behind an ambitious plan to create an GBP£18m mixed-use development on the outskirts of Kirkham in Lancashire, which includes a new ground for ambitious non-league football club AFC Fylde.

FWP’s portfolio of highly successful sports projects includes the acclaimed revamp of the historic Doncaster Racecourse, home of the St Leger meeting. The practice has also played a major role in ambitious regeneration and redevelopment plans which centre on Rugby Union club Leicester Tiger’s Welford Road stadium.

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Sleek new designs unveiled for Los Angeles-area’s proposed NFL Stadium

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Sleek new designs have been released for the proposed NFL stadium in the Los Angeles area, which include simulated lightning bolts for the San Diego Chargers and a flame honouring late Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis, as the Associated Press reported on Friday.

The thoroughly revamped plans for the US$1.7bn joint stadium proposal by the two teams came just two months after the project and an initial set of designs were first announced and two days after it received approval from the Carson City Council.

The designs were presented to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the league’s committee on possibly relocating a team to greater Los Angeles.

The flowing, metallic modern stadium design features a horseshoe-shaped seating arrangement that is open on one end.

David Manica, President of MANICA Architecture, the practice behind the stadium designs, said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times:

We wanted the building to be iconic and sleek, like a luxury sports car. Very aerodynamic, in motion, flowing lines from every angle.

Its primary feature is a tower about 120ft-tall, which will emit lightning bolts during Chargers games and a flaming cauldron in Davis’s honour during Raiders games. The architects say it can also become a Lombardi Trophy if the venue hosts a Super Bowl.

The tower is one of several stadium elements that will transform based on which team is playing, including the colour of the seats, confirmed Manica.

It also features a multi-level high-rise of suites on one side.

But not every element is ultra-modern. It also features a peristyle on one end that echoes the L.A. Memorial Coliseum, former home of the Raiders and Rams, and the most storied football venue in the LA area.

Manica – who previously worked for the firm that designed the Texans’ stadium in Houston and remodelled the Miami Dolphins’ stadium – added:

Ownership really wants to celebrate the history and enthusiasm of football in Los Angeles.

Chargers spokesman Mark Fabiani said in a statement that the “new LA stadium vision is the result of two months of close collaboration between the Raiders and Chargers.”

As we reported last week, Carson City Council unanimously approved the project last Tuesday, leaving the next move in the hands of the teams and the NFL.


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Carson City Council approves US$1.7bn NFL stadium

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Carson City Council has unanimously approved a privately financed stadium for the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders.

The decision comes barely two months after the public announcement of the proposed US$1.7bn (€1.6bn) project, reported the Los Angeles Times on Thursday. The vote continued the proposal’s fast progress in the competition with a rival concept in Inglewood.

It took just eight days to collect more than 15,000 signatures in support of the ballot initiative.

“There are two things we need in California: rain … and football,” said Carson Mayor Albert Robles. “And football is coming to Carson.”

Representatives of the projects will provide an update on their progress Wednesday to a committee of NFL owners during a meeting in New York.

The new stadium would accommodate the proposed return of NFL American football franchises the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders and would be located in the city of Carson, approximately 15 miles south of downtown Los Angeles, and currently home to Major League Soccer (MLS) side L.A. Galaxy.

The plans have received support from both teams, who are currently experiencing difficulties in securing new stadiums in their home markets and have identified a relocation to a new facility in the Los Angeles area as a viable alternative.

The Carson project is the second new stadium development plan in the Los Angeles area to have been approved this year, with Inglewood City Council having unanimously voted to approve the development of a new 80,000-seat stadium; a project backed by St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke. (Kroenke has linked up with Stockbridge Capital Group – owner of the 238-acre Hollywood Park racecourse site – for the ‘City of Champions Revitalisation Project’. The masterplan for the city of Inglewood in southwestern Los Angeles County foresees the development of the stadium and a 6,000-seat performance venue to add to significant retail, office, hotel and residential space on the site.)

The Raiders’ Coliseum is currently the only stadium in the US that doubles up as a venue for a Major League Baseball (MLB) and NFL team, with the Oakland Athletics also calling the facility ‘home’.

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Los Angeles NFL Stadium: A New Home for the NFL in Carson, Los Angeles, CA

The San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders, rivals on the field, are moving forward together on a plan to build a US$1.7bn NFL stadium in Carson that they will share. The Chargers and Raiders will continue to seek public subsidies for new stadiums in their home markets, but they are developing a detailed proposal for a privately financed Los Angeles venue in the event they can’t get deals done in San Diego and Oakland by the end of this year, according to the teams.

“We’re thinking about the project as a 21st century, next-generation stadium,” said architect David Manica, noting that the venue and renderings are still in the early conceptual stages. “We want it to be the ultimate outdoor event experience, which includes both sports and entertainment. And we want it to be uniquely L.A.”

The projected capacity for the stadium is about 68,000, expandable to more than 72,000.

Manica, President of Manica Architecture, was formerly at HOK Sport, where he led the design of the Texans’ stadium, the renovation of the Miami Dolphins’ stadium, and the seating bowl of Wembley Stadium in London.

One early concept for Carson is clear seats that reflect the colour of the lights shining on them — the seats could be silver and black for Raiders games, and powder blue for Chargers games.

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Stadium bill wins approval from Indiana Senate

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The Indiana Senate voted 46-3 today in favour of an amended version of House Bill 1273, which would lay the framework to secure an 18,000-seat multipurpose stadium in downtown Indianapolis. The stadium would serve as a permanent home for all Indy Eleven Professional Soccer games and potentially more than 30 other sports and entertainment events to be held every year on the Indiana University campus of IUPUI.

Peter Wilt, President and General Manager of Indy Eleven, said:

We are thrilled that the Senate’s vote today furthers our goal to secure a proper stadium for ‘the World’s Game’ and all of its passionate supporters from across Indiana. We look forward to building on this momentum with our partners at Indiana University and IUPUI and working towards a venue plan that will do the City and State proud while boosting Indiana’s economy for all Hoosiers.

HB 1273 was filed by Indiana State Representative Todd Huston (Fishers – District 37) to extend a sports and entertainment development area to include a future stadium site and a new downtown Indianapolis hotel to be developed by the owner of Indy Eleven for the purpose of reinforcing stadium finances. The multipurpose stadium bill received strong bipartisan support from the Indiana House by a vote of 74-21.

The cost of the project would still be financed through user fees captured at the stadium and, if necessary, the afore-mentioned downtown hotel project.

Now that the legislation has been approved by the Indiana Senate, a conference committee of House and Senate lawmakers will work to finalise legislation for a stadium located on the campus of IUPUI that would be owned by Indiana University and have USD$20m of its financing allocated by the State of Indiana.

Ersal Ozdemir, owner of Indy Eleven, said:

We appreciate the thoughtful consideration of the stadium bill by the Senate and their efforts to help create a fiscally responsible solution for a multipurpose stadium in Indianapolis. The potential to partner with Indiana University to create a first-division-quality stadium that honours the rich heritage of soccer in the Hoosier State is being met with tremendous enthusiasm by our fans.

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.

The world-renowned architects at Populous partnered with Indy Eleven to create the initial stadium design concepts.

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SC Freiburg given the go-ahead to build a new stadium

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German Bundesliga side SC Freiburg have been granted permission to build a new stadium after a local referendum saw a majority vote to pass the motion.

February 1st, 2015, will be regarded as an historic day in the history of the Baden-Württemberg club, after 58.2% of local residents voted in favour of plans to construct a new stadium on the outskirts of the city.

SC Freiburg President, Fritz Keller, said:

I just want to say thanks. I can promise you that SC are going to be good neighbours in their new surroundings, as they have been over decades on the Schwarzwaldstraße.

Freiburg presented plans for a new stadium in the Wolfswinkel district of the city, as their current Schwarzwald-Stadion is seen to be hindering the Club’s growth, with special dispensation having to be granted each season to allow the side to continue playing in a ground where the pitch is almost five metres too short for European football.
The Club have therefore long been seeking a move to a new state-of-the-art arena, and the final hurdle towards the realisation of that dream was overcome at the weekend. Freiburg’s players reminded the city’s residents to go out to vote by placing a ‘Yes’ slogan on their shirts for Saturday’s 4-1 win against Eintracht Frankfurt.

City Mayor, Dieter Salomon, said:

The Freiburg citizens have overwhelmingly demonstrated that they want to give SC Freiburg the chance of a bright future. Almost half of eligible voters had their say on Sunday. Plans for a new stadium can now be carried forward, although several bureaucratic steps still need to be taken before the diggers can move in. However, the ball could be rolling in Freiburg’s new home from 2019.

The Club made the announcement of the successful vote for a new stadium on their official Twitter account on Sunday. The tweet read: YES! We have won the referendum! The path towards a new stadium is now clear! Thanks Freiburg!

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Indy Eleven launches ‘Stadium for Indiana’ website

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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 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.



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.