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Senate passes soccer stadium renovations for Indy Eleven

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A bill that would give the Indy Eleven soccer team a 18,000-seat stadium in downtown Indianapolis is another step closer to happening.

Senate members voted 46-3 in favor of the amended House Bill 1273. The bill would help renovate the Carroll Stadium at IUPUI. Giving downtown Indianapolis a multipurpose stadium and a permanent home for Indy Eleven.

The $20 million project fits the needs of the soccer team compared to the $82 million solution the team was seeking for a new stadium.

“We are thrilled that the Senate’s vote today furthers our goal to secure a proper stadium for ‘the World’s Game’ and all of its passionate supporters from across Indiana,” said Peter Wilt, president and general manager of Indy Eleven. “We look forward to building on this momentum with our partners at Indiana University and IUPUI and working towards a venue plan that will do the City and State proud while boosting Indiana’s economy for all Hoosiers.”

The bill has strong bipartisan support from the House. They voted 74-21 in favor of the bill.

Now the bill will go to a conference committee of House and Senate lawmakers to finalize the legislation.