Indy Eleven owner Ersal Ozdemir remains bullish on the North American Soccer League despite the defection of two of its teams to the rival United Soccer League this week. The team is putting 2017 season tickets on sale Friday.
Efforts by local developer Ersal Ozdemir to secure tens of millions of dollars in public money to build a downtown soccer stadium for his North American Soccer League team appear to have hit a brick wall in this year’s General Assembly, and perhaps permanently, said one key lawmaker.
Herb Simon, who earned his spot on the Forbes 400 list as part of Simon Property Group, is buying an expansion franchise in the United Soccer League, a professional league with a player-development agreement with Major League Soccer.
After leading the North American Soccer League in attendance during its inaugural season, the Indy Eleven faces a big challenge to maintain that momentum. The team has lobbied hard for an 18,000-seat home venue. Now it has to prove it can fill it.
In this week’s IBJ special Interview Issue, Peter Wilt is one of 29 people profiled. I’m using some space on The Score to reveal more of Wilt’s thoughts on sports business, fandom and connecting with the community.
Indy Eleven officials want to raise revenue but have no interest in raising ticket prices. With the team selling out home games, Eleven chief Peter Wilt will have to get creative, and eventually make another run at a new stadium.