Soccer needs room to grow in Indiana

To the editor:

I did read the article by Bob Johnson in the sports section (“Kick it down a notch: Now not time to finance Indianapolis soccer stadium,” Feb. 27, B6).

Firstly, I would like to say that we have been a customer of the Reporter for many years and enjoy reading it. I do, however, have a difference of opinion regarding the proposed new stadium.

As you know, soccer has become very popular here in the United States. It also is played by more people of all ages, sexes and ethnic backgrounds than any other team sport.

Indianapolis is having a greater presence in professional sports and is looking to solidify its international appeal. The Indy Eleven club has been supported very well in its current location at Carol Stadium, despite the limitations it offers.

It is surprising that Bob Johnson should not recognize the opportunity that Indy Eleven represents.

Indy Eleven is not asking the taxpayers to give them a new stadium. They are asking for support from the city, bearing in mind that even in the worst case scenario, the taxpayer would not be on the hook for $82 million, unlike Lucas Oil Stadium and Bankers Life Fieldhouse taxpayer obligations.

Soccer wants and needs to grow in central Indiana. Lets get behind the Indy Eleven and its proposed new stadium and not stifle the energy and enthusiasm when there is all the indication that it will be wildly successful going forward.

John Shaw