Below are some answers to the most popular inquiries related to the proposed stadium and its legislation.
What are the details of the proposed stadium?
The multipurpose stadium proposal envisions a 20,000-seat venue that would serve as a sports and entertainment hub in downtown Indianapolis, with Indy Eleven serving as the primary tenant.
What other events would be hosted besides Indy Eleven matches?
The stadium would host at least 48 events annually. Soccer will anchor the stadium by providing the bulk of these dates through Indy Eleven, a professional women’s soccer team and other events such as high profile national team games. The stadium will also be capable of hosting football, rugby, lacrosse and field hockey events at the youth, high school, collegiate and professional levels. In addition, the stadium would be utilized for a wide range of non-sports community events and gatherings, including concerts and festivals.
Does soccer in Indiana have the support needed to anchor the stadium’s events?
Yes. Attendance has averaged over 9500 per game over the course of the first three seasons. This includes selling out all 14 Indy Eleven home games in 2014 with an NASL-leading average attendance of 10,465 fans. The people of Indiana proved they will support soccer at the professional level, and support would rise substantially should the club enter Major League Soccer.
The club’s success in the stands is a result of the fervent grass roots support of the Brickyard Battalion; partnerships with dozens of charitable, corporate, philanthropic and arts community partners across the state; and the increasing popularity of the sport across the United States, especially here in Indiana among the growing millennial, ethnic and youth soccer communities.
Soccer’s roots in Indiana run deep thanks to the collegiate success enjoyed by Indiana University and Notre Dame, and a youth soccer base of more than 65,000 children participating in the sport. The depth of interest in professional soccer was illustrated in 2013 when more than 42,000 fans attended Chelsea versus Inter Milan at Lucas Oil Stadium, an event co-hosted by Indy Eleven. Further attractive international exhibitions and national team games would be expected to be hosted at the new stadium.
Soccer-specific/multi-use stadiums of a comparative size in Major League Soccer markets with similar demographics such as Kansas City, Salt Lake City and Portland have garnered sold out crowds since being erected in the last five years, and Indy Eleven is confident the soccer community of Indiana would respond in kind once the sport has a fitting home in the Circle City.
Will there be a tax increase to pay for the stadium?
There will be no increases in city or state taxes, nor will any new taxes will be issued.
How will the venue be funded?
The soccer stadium will be funded via a public-private partnership. Current estimates put the cost at over $100m. A portion of this amount would be contributed by the owners of Indy Eleven. The balance would be funded via the collection of stadium user fees. These user fees are the state and local taxes generated from fans attending events at the stadium and from the people employed at the stadium. No new taxes would be imposed and no tax increases are needed.
It is important to note that there will not be any increase in city or state taxes, nor will any new taxes be issued.
The cost for this stadium would be considerably less than similarly sized venues geared toward soccer that have been built throughout North America in the last 10 years or other venues in Indianapolis such as Lucas Oil Stadium ($800m) and Banker’s Life Fieldhouse ($200m).
In addition, this project will provide an immediate and positive impact for the local and state economy with the creation of jobs for Hoosiers working in construction, and more jobs to come once the facility is operational.
Who would own the new stadium?
The stadium would likely be a public entity, owned by the City of Indianapolis via the Capital Improvements Board (“CIB”). Indy Eleven would serve as the primary tenant.
How do you know the stadium will draw new visitors and revenue to downtown Indianapolis?
Indy Eleven has already shown the team is drawing new visitors to downtown Indianapolis. During the past three seasons, matches at Carroll Stadium were hosted alongside sold-out or large crowds at Indiana Pacers, Indianapolis Indians games and various other festivals and events, showing that Indy Eleven is growing the downtown events audience rather than taking from it. In addition, the stadium would attract concerts, special events and other professional and collegiate sporting events that would not consider Indianapolis as an option to host were it not for this proposed facility.
What will the new stadium contribute to Indianapolis’ growth as a city?
Sports has served as a centerpiece of Indianapolis’ growth over the last four decades, and this new multipurpose venue would help fill a void in what many consider to be the best portfolio of sports stadiums across the country. With Indianapolis’ status as America’s best city for sports and Indiana’s international profile both continuing to rise, this new, world-class facility would showcase the city and state to even wider regional, national and international audiences.
How will the stadium boost Indiana’s economy?
A new soccer stadium would serve as a sports and entertainment hub, would boost the local and state economies through the attraction of visitors to the Circle City and the creation of jobs through the construction phase and full-time employment once operational. Ultimately, the State and City will benefit from revenue streams that could not be realized without this new soccer stadium.
Why not consider Lucas Oil Stadium as Indy Eleven’s permanent home?
Lucas Oil Stadium simply cannot serve as a viable long-term home for the club due to scheduling conflicts, venue size, facility rental costs and control of various revenue streams.
Why is Carroll Stadium in its current condition not a long-term solution for Indy Eleven?
Indiana University and the IUPUI campus have been fantastic partners in helping get Indy Eleven off to a successful start. The current structural and economic limitations at Carroll Stadium were why the club proposed building a new multipurpose stadium. We have always remained open-minded about solutions for our long-term stadium goal and we continue to evaluate alternatives.
Would Keystone Construction benefit financially from the project?
No, Keystone Construction will not have any financial gain related to the construction of the stadium.
Does Indy Eleven anticipate a move to Major League Soccer in the new stadium?
Yes. On January 31st, 2016, Indy Eleven submitted its bid for Major League Soccer’s current round of expansion, with the first two additional teams slated to begin play in 2020. Indy Eleven remains focused on its mission “To build a legacy of championships with and for the community” – and right now the team is excited to do so for Hoosiers across the state as part of the North American Soccer League during an exciting time in the league’s development. The proposed First Division level stadium with a capacity of 20,000 will give the club opportunities to grow in the direction optimal for the team and its city.
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