Indianapolis: New MLS-sized stadium planned
While Indy Eleven continues to prepare for its inaugural season beginning this April, the North American Soccer League franchise is also focused on finding a long-term solution for a new multi-purpose stadium that will serve as a home for the club in addition to host concerts and various sporting and community events.
The proposed 20,000-seat outdoor venue in downtown Indianapolis fills a void in the state’s outdoor facility lineup. That void is currently limiting the state’s ability to provide cultural and athletic experiences for millions of Hoosiers who have a passion for soccer, music and other sporting and cultural events.http://www.reddit.com/tb/1w02xg
It's not another MLS expansion yet, but why wait so long – says Ersal Ozdemir, founder of Indy Eleven. His plan of building a new 18,500-capacity stadium is already underway, though the club hasn't even played its first game in the second league.
Indianapolis may have one of the world's most modern stadium in town, but the Lucas Oil Dome is far too large for the demand of many events, including domestic football games.
But the newly-established NASL team Indy Eleven have already proven there's a very big fanbase to build upon. Ahead of its first second league season, Eleven already filled 100% of their season ticket offer, selling 7,000 out of 11,000 seats available at academic Carroll Stadium.
Now the plan is to get a stadium the club could call home in the long term. One that would be prepared for a move upwards, to the MLS. As there are no promotions or relegations in the US, one can advance with financial and infrastructural status.
The MLS requires a stadium of close to 20,000 capacity. That's why real estate tycoon Ersal Ozdemir plans to have a new 18,500-capacity stadium up and running as soon as possible. Its cost is hoped to be at around $87 million.http://www.reddit.com/tb/1w8dxo