Note: Complete market details are included for Indianapolis because they recently joined the expansion race.

Indianapolis, Indiana

TV Market: Nielsen DMA #27
Existing Team: Indy Eleven – NASL
Venue: A proposed stadium with a cost of “over $100M” in downtown Indianapolis adjacent to Lucas Oil Stadium (NFL) funded with a private/public partnership
Money: Investment group led by Ersal Ozdemir (Indy Eleven and Keystone Realty Group)
Summary: Indianapolis joined the party last, announcing their entry on January 30th, one day before the application deadline. Ozdemir submitted the application on time, and they launched a website to promote the stadium in conjunction with the application. Website
Recent News & Resources: 

  • 1/30 – Brian Straus reports Indianapolis’ MLS bid [SI]
  • 1/31 –Ozdemir submits their MLS applications. The article discusses the proposed funding of the stadium and Indy Eleven’s previous challenges with public / private funding for their NASL team’s stadium. [Indy Star]
  • 2/3 – An article from the Business Journal provides more detail on the investment group. It discusses the bid’s urgency due to the rising costs of MLS and the league closing on its maximum size. [Indianapolis Business Journal]
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