Indy City Futbol Stadium Plans Hit Snag
In a press conference Monday, Indy City Futbol Commissioner Jordan Updike commented on the latest challenge facing the League after the Indiana Senate’s Tax and Fiscal Responsibility Committee voted 13-0 to shelve the Central State Stadium tax funding plans until next year’s legislative session.
The original bill – first put forward and eventually passed in the Indiana House of Representatives – called for the funding of an $883 million stadium through taxes captured at the venue, at Conner Prairie, and on all imported IPA beers.
“We’re not announcing contingency plans to move anywhere else,” said the Commissioner, “But we’re not NOT announcing those plans, either.” The rumor mill puts Key West, FL; Estes Park, CO; and Hamburg, Germany as potential landing spots for the League.
“We’re more than willing to let Indy Eleven use the stadium on Saturdays,” said an unnamed League official. “They’ll just have to continue using Lucas Oil Stadium on Wednesdays. Our surveys of taxpayers show Indianapolis residents support this project over road and health care improvements by 3 to 1.”
The Central State Stadium development has been driven by a unique partnership between M/I Homes, Holladay Properties, and Indy Parks.
“Indy Parks is leading the country in its innovative Indoor Parks program, and Central Green Stadium is a huge centerpiece of these plans,” said Holladay Properties developer Derek Naber.
“I’m confident when we build this stadium that Indy City Futbol games will easily outsell even the Indianapolis 500.”