Support for the stadium proposal encompasses leading community and civic organizations from across the state, major corporations based in Indiana, small businesses and soccer fan groups with thousands of members. To add your own testimonial of support, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Derek Richey – Founding President, Brickyard Battalion
The enthusiasm of the sell-out crowds we all witnessed in Indy Eleven’s inaugural season is clear evidence that this city and state are ready to take the next step in creating the best soccer and sporting experience for fans and supporters. That “next step” is a soccer stadium capable of handling the growing numbers of Hoosiers who count themselves as supporters of Indy Eleven and professional soccer.
Michelle Study-Campbell – CEO, Ronald McDonald House of Indiana
The Ronald McDonald House of Indiana appreciates the partnership we have established with Indy Eleven and the support they have extended to our families. Indy Eleven is making a positive difference in our community, and we look forward to continuing our relationship with them in the years ahead.
Dave Guthrie – Executive Director, Indiana Soccer Association
The many successes of Indy Eleven’s inaugural year demonstrated that there is pent up demand for professional soccer in Indiana, and it is not a matter of if, but when a stadium that can showcase soccer becomes a part of the state’s landscape. The Indiana Soccer family is excited about the prospects of this stadium in the heart of Central Indiana where both amateurs and professionals can assemble to showcase and celebrate their passion for the expanding sport of soccer, rather than be required to travel outside of Indiana for such an experience.
Honda Manufacturing of Indiana
Honda Manufacturing of Indiana’s inaugural year as partners with Indy Eleven was very exciting for our team of more than 2,000+ employees located in Greensburg. The partnership between Honda and Indy Eleven made perfect sense even from the beginning. It didn’t take us long to find out that our philosophies aligned. One of Honda’s core philosophies is to have a challenging spirit, and there is no doubt that Indy Eleven and its fans have that same spirit.
Erich Orrick – President, Wish for Our Heroes
Wish For Our Heroes is pleased that the folks at Indy Eleven not only see the difficulties faced by our Hoosier Heroes, but are dedicated to making the lives of our troops better for no reason other than they believe it’s the right thing to do. Our program with Indy Eleven during the 2014 season contributed over $42,000 in donations to troops all over Indiana and has had a significant impact on the morale of the families within our community.
Andrew Retz – President, American Outlaws Indianapolis Chapter
The thousands of American Outlaws and general United States Soccer fans are ready to bring our nation’s men’s and women’s teams to the Circle City. The World Cup Watch Party on Mass Ave last summer was a great example of how much Hoosiers crave soccer at all levels, and specifically the international game. Let’s not let the United States Soccer Federation forget about Indianapolis anymore!
Jerry Yeagley – Retired Indiana University Men’s Soccer Head Coach and National Soccer Hall of Famer
Indy Eleven has done a great job connecting with the community and growing the sport of soccer in Indiana. It’s exciting to see the sport grow, and this stadium will ensure the sport’s future in the Hoosier State.
Todd Yeagley – Head Coach, Indiana University Men’s Soccer Team
This stadium will be a huge asset for the State of Indiana in so many ways. With all the growth and success we are seeing at all levels of the game it would be fantastic to have a state-of-the-art stadium to showcase and celebrate our game. It would be great to have our soccer program at IU play an occasional match in a soccer-specific stadium that rivals some of the finest venues in the U.S.
Daniel Jones – Co-Owner, Chatham Tap
From day one, Indy Eleven has been a great partner for us at Chatham Tap. Our pubs have been used as a gathering point for many team-driven events before the inaugural season ever started, and continued to be a place where a diverse group of fans could come together to watch the matches. Indy Eleven quickly established itself in a very crowded local sports scene, and helped to continue the growth of the ever-expanding fan base of soccer in Indianapolis. A perfect example of this growth was the World Cup Viewing Party hosted by Indy Eleven this summer right outside our front door on Mass Ave. Over 7,500 people showed up to watch the beautiful game with fellow fans. A stadium that they could call their own would only continue to fuel this growth and bring more people and dollars to the downtown community. All of us at Chatham Tap wholeheartedly support this project.
Jim Wilkey – President, Vigo County Youth Soccer Association (VCYSA)
As an organization representing more than 1,200 families across the Wabash Valley, we can have a positive impact on a project such as HB 1273 that is good for our youth and a positive impact for the development of soccer across Indiana.
Chad Krockover – President, Tippco Soccer Club
I fully support the proposal being heard by state lawmakers to build a multipurpose stadium that can boost the sport of soccer in Indiana, and our economy as well. Serving almost 400 players from ages 7 to 18, and a multitude of family members and volunteers supporting them, our club is proof of the lasting and growing popularity of soccer in the Hoosier State.
Paul Borchelt – President, Indiana High School Lacrosse Association (IHSLA)
A stadium of this size would be perfect to hold high school tournament games, NCAA lacrosse games, and Major League Lacrosse (MLL) games. The ability to host games of this caliber would make a huge impact on youth lacrosse players throughout our state. The lacrosse community has proven that it wants games of this caliber played here.
Terry Corcoran – Head Coach, Wabash College Lacrosse Team
The stadium would be well received by the growing Lacrosse Community in Indiana. Both men’s and women’s lacrosse are exploding in the Midwest at every level. The Notre Dame men’s lacrosse team has played in two out of the last three NCAA Championship Lacrosse Games and the Big Ten is starting to get behind their varsity lacrosse programs. There would be many opportunities to host NCAA Playoff College Lacrosse Games as well as regular season College Lacrosse Games for both men and women. The men’s outdoor Professional Lacrosse League that plays throughout the summer months continues to be successful. The potential to host professional lacrosse games as well as eventually be a home venue for a Pro Lacrosse Franchise would be very good.
Richard Tardy – Past President, Noblesville United Soccer Club
Indianapolis has been yearning for a quality fan experience for a quality professional soccer presence. This is clearly evident in the successful inaugural season of the Indy Eleven. The owner and management team were on the mark in creating this experience. I so enjoyed the experience that I have become a season ticket holder for 2015. The market for soccer will only grow as soccer has been the #1 youth participation sport in the U.S. for many years!