The Indy Eleven's average home attendance this year was tops in the struggling North American Soccer League and better than all but three of the 30 teams in a competing league. Team officials see that as a positive factor in their bid to join Major League Soccer.
The soccer club made an eleventh-hour pitch for state aid in building a stadium during this year's General Assembly, with most of the presentations made privately and quietly. The team's request was not acted upon.
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.