INDIANAPOLIS — Indy Eleven fans wanting to see their team in a new stadium in Indianapolis received good news Monday morning.
The House Ways and Means Committee approved Senate Bill 7, which would keep the Capital Improvement Board funded, keep the Indiana Pacers in the state long-term and improve the Indiana Convention Center.
But the committee also approved an amendment that removed the requirement that Indy Eleven had to join Major League Soccer to get a new stadium.
In January, Indy Eleven proposed Eleven Park, a $550 million, 20,000-seat stadium designed to “usher in a new era for soccer in Indiana.”
An Eleven Park representative released the following statement after the House committee’s vote.
Eleven Park commends the Ways and Means Committee and Co-Chairman Todd Huston for unanimously advancing Senate Bill 7 in a bipartisan fashion. The bill, which includes enabling language for Eleven Park, will help secure a permanent home for Indy Eleven Professional Soccer and the world’s most popular sport in Indiana, with no new taxes and no appropriations from city or state governments. Today’s vote is just the latest step in the legislative process and is a result of all sides working together to achieve a positive result. We will continue to work directly with legislators and all stakeholders as Senate Bill 7 continues to move through the Statehouse.
Senate Bill 7 will now head to the full House for a vote.