General Manager Peter Wilt says Indy Eleven Professional Soccer will continue to pursue a “first-division-quality” multipurpose stadium in 2016. Legislation that initially would've funded a new $82 million stadium was later pared back to include $20 million for renovations to Carroll Stadium at IUPUI and eventually scrapped altogether in the final days of the legislative session. May 6, 2015
A Letter From Indy Eleven Professional Soccer General Manager Peter Wilt to Team Supporters
Dear Indy Eleven Supporter,
By now you've read the headlines that the effort to secure a multipurpose stadium to house Indy Eleven games in downtown Indianapolis stalled during the last hurdle in the legislative process in the Indiana General Assembly. Although we are disappointed that time simply ran out at the Statehouse, we continue to be inspired by the remarkable support shown by fans, sports enthusiasts and everyday Hoosiers for a stadium built to showcase not just soccer, but other events that would be a tremendous economic driver for both the City and the State.
Because of that passion you displayed in recent months, Indy Eleven will continue to pursue the first-division-quality stadium that you deserve and will showcase Indiana's fastest growing sport.
The Indy Eleven organization prides itself in using grass roots approaches to build our fan base and community support. Your efforts – from sending letters to legislators and newspaper editors to participating in a fantastic rally at the Statehouse – created a wave of momentum to build upon. Bottom line, you helped Indy Eleven score major victories by converting Hoosiers, including legislators, into supporters for the “Stadium for Indiana.”
While conferees from the Senate and House were unable to reconcile the differences between their two unique bills before the end of the 2015 session, we sincerely appreciate the careful consideration HB 1273 was given.
It’s important to stress that lawmakers came very close to making this into a reality. Since its introduction in January the stadium bill received overwhelming bipartisan backing from legislators. If the final tabulations of the votes in various committees and full floor votes were equated to the field, this would have been considered a blowout victory. That just goes to show that many lawmakers understand what you already know – passion for soccer runs deep throughout Indiana and a stadium for the sport in downtown Indianapolis would serve as an asset for all Hoosiers. Armed with your support, we will continue to focus on a new stadium initiative to give the beautiful game a beautiful home in Indiana.
We urge you to continue what you have been doing since the club's launch – help Indy Eleven establish itself in the community and in the stands passionately cheer the team on to victory on the field. Special things are afoot during this second season, and we hope you will keep on supporting your Boys in Blue with the intensity and loyalty that has caught the attention of the soccer community across North America and beyond.
Peter J. Wilt
President and General Manager
Indy Eleven Professional Soccer
Source: Indy Eleven Professional Soccer