Eleven Park

Capacity20 000
Country United States of America
ClubsIndy Eleven
CategoryDesign awaiting implementation
Cost$ 550 mln
Construction2020 - 2022 ?
Design time 2018


Eleven Park – design description

It's already the second attempt at a modern stadium in Indianapolis by investor Ersal Ozdemir, which would allow his club Indy Eleven to eventually join MLS. This time the plan is not only to deliver the football venue but also a vast complex around it, named Eleven Park. It would see retail, boutique hotel, offices and up to 600 apartments. Many of the mentioned facilities would overlook the playing field.

The stadium itself would hold 20,000 people and include an all-standing terrace for most vocal supporters. In the long run the auditorium would be possible to expand, though final size hasn't been revealed. The stadium would likely not be covered, at least not all fans would have a roof over their heads.

Due to its scale, the stadium is a public-private project that would require involvement from the city, county and state. While the stadium itself is expected to cost only some $150 million, remaining uses bring the sum up to 550 million. In order to deliver such development, an interesting scheme has been suggested.

According to Ozdemir, the stadium would be built with municipal bonds. However, the burden would not be on taxpayers because the bonds would later be repaid from special tax on the development. Any excess cost would fall onto Ozdemir and his partners, leaving the city without fear of overruns.

The stadium would also be owned by the municipality of Indianapolis, only leased to Eleven. The team would cover its operating cost but not impede other organisers to use it for events, of course with respect to the football season. The team would also give 10% of its ticket revenue as another form of taxation.

Such deal should, in theory, result with a net-positive deal for the city. However, the entire scheme would involve creating a special district with its own taxes, including incentives for investors willing to co-finance Eleven Park.

As of now no specific location has been indicated, though only one site outside of downtown is being considered, while a few more central locations are taken into account.



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