The Indy Eleven, Indianapolis’ NALS (North American Soccer League) team, just scored a goal in their path to a new stadium. The bill passed the Indiana House and is now on its way to the Senate. If all goes well, this bill will help finance the new building, potentially costing $82 million. But this won’t only be a soccer stadium, the new downtown arena would also host field hockey and lacrosse as well as other events that come to the city. While it is expected be an all-purpose stadium, it is will still be the home of the recently-founded soccer club.
The Indy Eleven was formed in 2013, and the team had its debut on April 12, 2014. They are currently playing in the Michael Carroll Stadium in downtown Indianapolis. The current location where the team plays has a capacity of 10,285. If the new stadium makes it through the state Senate, fans will be rewarded with a brand new 18,500-seat stadium.
The plan for paying for the stadium is to allow tax dollars that the stadium itself would generate to help cover the tab. The team itself would get funding from their ticket sales and taxes on those tickets and potentially even revenues from the taxes on a downtown hotel that is being constructed. However, representative John Bartlett thinks that the cricket field should be considered for the team. He argues there is already a perfectly good stadium waiting to be used. This new design just looks so flashy, though.
Soccer Gaining Ground in Indianapolis and the U.S.
The United States has been slow to come around to soccer. But in the markets where it is working, it’s really working. With the help of the U.S. World Cup team’s popularity, professional teams have been popping up across the country, and the ones that were already there are seeing a surge in support from their cities. There are still two more confirmed U.S. soccer teams on the horizon. A team based in Atlanta and another Los Angeles-based team will both get their start in the 2017 season.
While the Indy Eleven is not an MLS team, the hope is that they will still get the support of the city, which currently has an NFL and an NBA team. The proposed stadium should help, given that it makes it through the state Senate. The designs are impressive, and if the final product ends up looking as good as these plans, the stadium will be a real work of art.
Source: WTHR Indiana
Image Source: Indy Star