INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Indy Eleven got a big win Monday as lawmakers advanced a bill that includes language for the possibility of a new soccer stadium.
The Indiana House Ways and Means committee removed language from Senate Bill 7 that would have required a major league soccer team commit to the city before a stadium could be built.
The league the Indy Eleven belongs to is one step below the major league.
Indy Eleven’s proposal is a $550 million development project that would include the stadium, apartments and retail.
The team says there would be no new taxes and no appropriations from city or state governments.
Indy Eleven President and CEO Greg Stremlaw issued this statement about the bill’s advancement:
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.