USL Championship’s Indy Eleven and Keystone Group unveiled specifics on Eleven Park neighborhood development, a mixed-use urban village anchored by a 20,000-capacity stadium that could potentially host MLS soccer someday.
The stadium, planned for the 2025 season, will be located in the southwest quadrant of downtown Indianapolis. It will make space for 2,400 supporters in a steep, safe-standing section on the north end of the stadium. On the west, the building will offer a wide array of premium choices, from the field club seating on pitch level surrounding the team benches, up through the midline club with suites, party suites, and a terrace club above. On the south, a taproom provides game-day club atmosphere for 700 fans with a viewing terrace for nongame day watch parties and events. On the east, seats will be concentrated on the sideline with the widest concourse and best concessions and restroom ratios in the league. The design wraps the exterior of the stadium in a dynamic, color-changing façade that reflects the forward-looking nature of the development.
“The vision of this transformational development into a live, work and play village is becoming reality. Eleven Park will not only change the skyline of Indianapolis, but will add over a thousand jobs, have a huge economic impact, create quality of life benefits and attract talent and opportunities to our city and state,” said Ersal Ozdemir, Chairman and Founder of Keystone Group & Indy Eleven, via press release. “We’ve been investing in downtown for over 20 years and believe it is important now more than ever. Our goal for Eleven Park is to continue the city’s tradition of using sports as a business driver for Indiana by increasing Indianapolis’ profile as a global city and showcasing the world’s most popular sport.”
Diamond Chain, the former company on the property, has recently ceased production at the facility and will vacate the property by the end of April. Rezoning to accommodate the project was filed on Thursday, and groundbreaking on Eleven Park for site work is scheduled to begin in May.
If this doesn’t sound like a typical USL Championship stadium, you’re right; this is a MLS-quality stadium. But in another way, this is a typical USL Championship stadium in terms of serving as the core of a transformational development, including apartments, office space, retail space, restaurants, parking garages, a hotel and public plazas with green space.
That green space will include an outdoor stage with free concerts, kids play zone, outdoor activities, water features, dog park, and public art. In addition, the development includes an indoor 4,000-seat music and entertainment venue utilizing a national operator; rooftop bars; river front activation; and walkability and connectivity to The Cultural Trail and all of downtown. The development will create a village serving the new Elanco Headquarters campus, Eli Lilly Global Headquarters, White River State Park, Lucas Oil Stadium, Victory Field, and the Indiana Convention Center.
“A world-class stadium is designed as a true destination, a reflection of its community and a catalyst for growth in the area. This is our mission with the new stadium for Indy Eleven,” said Phil Kolbo, a principal at global design firm Populous. “The stadium will anchor Eleven Park, providing a home for Indy Eleven that creates new and tailored experiences for Indianapolis fans in a venue designed with the innovation and aspirations of a great global soccer venue.”
Renderings courtesy Indy Eleven/Keystone Group.
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