Indy Eleven stadium bill dies as session nears close

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A bill that would have funneled state money into a new or substantially renovated soccer stadium for the Indy Eleven has died in the legislative session's final hours.

"We needed to get to something clear, and we kind of ran out of time," the bill's author, Rep. Todd Huston, R-Fishers, told IBJ Wednesday afternoon. "Better not to do it than to put together a bad bill."

Huston said legislators could take up the issue again in the coming years.

A version of the bill that passed the Indiana Senate earlier this month called for up to $20 million in state money to help expand and renovate Michael Carroll Track and Soccer Stadium at IUPUI, where the Indy Eleven play their matches.

That was scaled back from an earlier version, passed by the Indiana House, that would have helped fund a new $82 million arena in an undetermined Indianapolis location. 

The team and its lobbyists had been busy trying to shape the legislation into allowing a new stadium on the site of the existing one—a project that also would require city support.

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