The Indiana House Ways and Means Committee has approved an amended version of a bill to allow for the Capital Improvement Board in Indianapolis to use up to $2 million to support a new soccer stadium. The $87 million venue is being proposed by Indy Eleven Professional Soccer Owner Ersal Ozdemir. If approved by both chambers of the General Assembly, it would be used by the team and for other purposes including concerts and NCAA events.
The amendment is included in Senate Bill 308, which now heads to the full house, and was initially designed to deal with Allen County sports and convention development areas.
You can view a version of the bill by clicking here.
February 20, 2014
Indy Eleven Owner Ersal Ozdemir Statement Regarding Amendment to Indiana Senate Bill SB 308
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The following is a statement from Indy Eleven Owner Ersal Ozdemir regarding this afternoon's vote by the Indiana House Ways and Means Committee to amend Indiana Senate Bill SB 308:
“On behalf of Indy Eleven, its 7,000 season ticket holders and the hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers with a connection to the 'world's game,' I want to express my deep gratitude to the leadership and members of the House Ways and Means Committee for their bi-partisan vote today to allow our multi-purpose stadium proposal to move forward.
“We stand ready to work with legislators to discuss what Indy Eleven's success will mean to the state's economy and soccer enthusiasts across Indiana.”
About Indy Eleven Professional Soccer
Indy Eleven will kick off its inaugural season in the North American Soccer League (NASL) on April 12, 2014, against the Carolina RailHawks and will play its home contests at Michael A. Carroll Stadium on the campus of IUPUI in downtown Indianapolis. 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.
Sources: Indy Eleven Professional Soccer, The Indiana General Assembly