The crowd blew away the old single-game mark of 11,048 the Eleven drew for its very first game in April 2014.
No financial details were available early this morning, but the agreement comes just weeks after the team said it will switch leagues.
The Indy Eleven are joining the United Soccer League for the 2018 season, the team announced Wednesday, ending their four-year run in the North America Soccer League.
The pro soccer team is planning a press conference for Wednesday afternoon to address lingering questions about where and in which league it will play next season.
Officials with the soccer team are in ongoing discussions about the possibility of playing future games in Lucas Oil Stadium, while a soccer news website reports that the team will join the United Soccer League for its 2018 season.
Major League Soccer on Wednesday announced four finalists for the two expansion clubs it is scheduled to add by the end of the year. Indianapolis is not among the four, but MLS said the city could be considered for two other franchises it wants to add in the future.
Also, Joey Chestnut prepares to defend his shrimp-eating title in Indy, and the North American Soccer League suffers another blow.
Sacramento, Cincinnati and Nashville are finalists to land expansion clubs, according to a report from Sports Illustrated soccer writer Grant Wahl.
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.
Gone is the jersey’s subtle yet unmistakable checkered design background—a nod to the Indianapolis 500 and the team’s support squad, the Brickyard Battalion—which was popular with the team’s fan base.
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.
The window on Ersal Ozdemir’s dream of bringing a Major League Soccer franchise to Indianapolis might be closing—fast.
Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber said Tuesday that having stadium financing in place is a condition for selection.
The team says it has put together a plan to raise the estimated $320 million needed to cover the expected $150 million Major League Soccer franchise fee, a new 20,000-seat downtown stadium and start-up costs for the team.
Jumping from the North American Soccer League—the second-tier professional soccer league in the United States—to the top league would require the Indy Eleven to pay a franchise expansion fee of at least $150 million and would involve construction of a downtown stadium.
The North American Soccer League will retain its status as a Division II league for its upcoming season, but on a provisional level as U.S. soccer officials set requirements for the troubled league to maintain that status.
The U.S. Soccer Federation’s board of directors met in New York City on Tuesday and decided to postpone a decision about the North American Soccer League, where the Eleven have played since their first season in 2014.