Indy Eleven kicks in $75K for theater naming rights

July 31, 2014
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IndyFringe, which has long planned to add a second performance space behind its 719 St. Clair St. location, has scored a $75,000 contribution from Indy Eleven owner Ersal Ozdemir.

Targeted to open in 2015, the new Indy Eleven Theatre will complement the existing Basile Theatre, offering an additional stage for both Fringe fest and year-round programming. The new addition will also serve as a trail head for the Indianapolis Cultural Trail and provide restroom facilities.

"Arts, sports, business and community organizations all need to support one another in a world-class city," said Ozdemir in a prepared statement.

The space will be, in theater parlance, a "black box," with the added amenity of a moveable hanger wall that can open to allow for outdoor seating.

This year's IndyFringe festival, its 10th, kicks off Aug. 14.

  • Finances
    So how does this work given that the team wants public subsidies for its own facility?
  • How the system works
    AlanB, this is how it works...A corporate welfare queen makes a tiny contribution to the arts and gets tons of positive media from outlets like the IBJ. In turn, they are more easily to get their 10s of millions of dollars of corporate welfare (ironically from the same people who are against welfare for humans).
  • WOW
    So, how much did either of YOU contribute? HGH Thank you Mr. Ozdemir for your investments in this city and your contribution to the arts.
  • lol
    Yes, Ersal, thank you for donating a whole $75,000, while the city gives you a parking garage for free and is going to pay for a multi million dollar stadium for you. I'd be donating money too if I was on welfare.
  • LOL
    Again, Maria.... how much are YOU contributing? The man doesn't HAVE to give a red cent! What don't you get about that? And, I know this might actually require some actual "facts", but can you please point me to the parking garage that the city gave to him?
    • Parking garage
      You'll find the parking garage at the corner of College ave and Westfield blvd in Broad Ripple. I hope that was informative.
    • LOL
      Thanks, David, for pointing me to A parking garage. Now prove to me that it was a gift from the city. And what the HECK does this have to do with a contribution made by a citizen to an arts group? SMH
    • Parking Garage - LOL - Marshall
      Come on Marshall, everyone knows that Ozdemir's support ($$) of Mayor Ballard got him the sweetheart deal for the parking garage. And this was the worst location to put the garage, it should have gone behind the Vogue on that surface lot.
      • Following the logic
        Maria, etc., By this logic, does that mean that anyone who benefited from a deal with the city shouldn't be allowed/encouraged to make charitable contributions? If that's the case, we wouldn't have the Peyton Manning Children's Hospital or any other philanthropic donation for any Colt. Thoughts? --Lou
      • It does make sense.
        A soccer team acquiring naming rights to a theatre on Mass Ave (which not to long ago was filled with 1000's of soccer fans during the World Cup) is not a bad marketing move.

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