Letter: New stadium to unite Indiana

Editor, 

Attending a professional sporting event is an unforgettable experience. For most people, it is the only time they enthusiastically high-five complete strangers. As you can imagine for fans, the proposed “Stadium for Indiana” is certainly more than just building some walls, stands and a field for our Indy Eleven professional soccer team. It is about creating a transformational experience that ignites passion in all people of various ages in our community, city and state.

For the more than 60,000 members who make up the Indiana soccer family, and who play for one of the 140 member clubs or in one of the several Indiana adult leagues, attending an Indy Eleven game or a Men’s or Women’s National Team at the new stadium, will inspire dreams.

While the stadium will be a showcase home for Indy Eleven and other soccer events — including a potential professional women’s team — it will be a multipurpose stadium hosting entertainment and other sports at the professional, collegiate, high school and youth levels.

The proposed stadium would be more than just an investment in our youths and attraction for our adults — it would boost Indiana’s economy.

For Indianapolis, the city is bolstering its position as the capital for sports in the U.S. We’ve come a long way since laying the foundation for the Hoosier Dome. Ersal Ozdemir, the owner of Indy Eleven, is building upon a vision with soccer fans in mind.

If soccer isn’t your thing; if you never attend a match; you’ll never have to pay a dime toward the stadium’s construction. If you don’t go, you won’t pay. The cost for building the stadium at $82 million will be paid for only by those who attend events at the stadium.

I encourage everyone to contact their legislator so lawmakers at the Statehouse realize this stadium is an investment in more than just the Indy Eleven team or soccer. Instead, this is an investment in ensuring a strong future by improving the quality of life for Hoosiers across Indiana.

Dave Guthrie

Executive Director

Indiana Soccer Association