INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The Board of Public Works on Wednesday approved the World Sports Park to be built in Indianapolis.
The panel met at 1 p.m. and voted on the park, which will house cricket, lacrosse, soccer and Australian football.
One of the biggest aspects to the project -- a cricket field --- is also sparking the most controversy. City County-Councilor Duke Oliver says the $6 million price tag is a waste.
"This is horrible," he said. "No (council member) can tell me that they got 10 phone calls from the citizens saying, ‘we need a cricket field in Indianapolis.'"
Director of Indy Parks John Williams says the facility addresses community needs.
"This is not just a cricket stadium or a cricket playing field. In fact we are not building a stadium we are building a global sports facility," Williams said. "That was just one of the sports. I think people have become somewhat narrow-minded in thinking that we were only going to have a cricket. We have always said it is a global sports venue."
Construction on the complex will begin next month, and the first phase should cost $2.4 million. The complex should open late in the summer of 2014.
Governor Mike Pence and executives from Allegion announced Wednesday morning that the company will base its North American headquarters in Carmel, creating up to 100 new jobs by 2014.
The federal government says nearly 3,500 Indiana residents chose a health insurance plan through the federally run online exchange during its first two months of operation.
A cooling system at a women's shelter near Community Hospital was stripped of copper early Tuesday morning.