Legislators Noncommittal on Indy Eleven Stadium Request

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Legislators Noncommittal on Indy Eleven Stadium Request

Soccer team wants financing help with stadium as centerpiece of office/hotel/shopping development

(INDIANAPOLIS) - The Indy Eleven's request for a new stadium is getting a poker face from legislators.

The Indy Eleven wants the city to float bonds financed by taxes collected at a 20,000-seat stadium. Team owner Ersal Ozdemir would finance and build a hotel, office and retail development around it. The team hasn't said where the stadium would be, but House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) says he's heard from people questioning the wisdom of another 200-room hotel downtown.

A hotel is already part of the Bottleworks development on the northeast edge of downtown.

Legislators rejected the soccer team's last request for a new stadium. Bosma and Senate President Pro Tem Rod Bray (R-Martinsville) both say a vibrant downtown is important. But Bray says he doesn't know if senators' views have changed in the years since the last stadium push.

Legislators were already looking at assisting with renovations to the Pacers' Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The city's Capital Improvement Board leases the fieldhouse to the team, and would do the same for the Eleven's stadium under Ozdemir's plan. Bray says the soccer stadium could be part of the Pacers' bill or could be separate legislation, but notes no bill has been filed so far.

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