INDIANAPOLIS (October 10, 2017) – The North American Soccer League (NASL) announced Tuesday that Indy Eleven will host Puerto Rico FC on Saturday, October 21 at 3:00 PM while Puerto Rico continues its recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
NASL officials have been coordinating with Puerto Rico FC, along with other clubs from around the league, to identify alternate facilities for the Caribbean club’s remaining home games, as well as hotel accommodations for the team on the U.S. mainland.
“Our thoughts are with the people of Puerto Rico as the island continues its recovery from Hurricane Maria,” said NASL Interim Commissioner Rishi Sehgal. “We felt that it was necessary to move Puerto Rico FC’s remaining home games off the island to allow the recovery efforts to focus solely on the needs of the Puerto Rican people. We look forward to bringing the joy and community created by the club back to Puerto Rico in the near future.”
With stadium availability as the primary factor, two of the club’s remaining home games will be played at its opponent’s facility, while another two have been moved to neutral sites in Florida.
The devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, as well as the subsequent changes made to the NASL schedule, has galvanized support across the league for the relief efforts in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico FC owner Carmelo Anthony has launched a hurricane relief fund and NASL clubs, including Indy Eleven, the New York Cosmos and North Carolina FC, have supported those efforts by donating ticket sales proceeds and coordinating fundraisers.
In addition to Indy Eleven’s fundraising efforts, a portion of proceeds from ticket sales for Saturday, October 21 will go back to the Carmelo Anthony Puerto Rico Relief Fund in support of the mainland.
Single-game tickets for the match start at $10 with a special $5 group and student rate available and can be purchased online at www.IndyEleven.com or by calling 317-685-1100 on Monday-Friday during regular business hours. Indy Eleven returns to the pitch on Wednesday, October 11 against the San Francisco Deltas before turning its attention to Miami FC on Saturday, October 14 at 3:00 PM.
About Indy Eleven Professional Soccer
Since its launch in 2013, Indy Eleven’s mission – “To win championships with and for the community” – has stayed true to its aim of fielding a team that represents the State of Indiana proudly on and off the field. The 2017 season marks the fourth year of play for Indy Eleven in the North American Soccer League (NASL), a professional soccer league based in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. On January 31, 2017, Indy Eleven submitted a bid for an expansion franchise in Major League Soccer (MLS), the First Division of pro soccer in the United States and Canada as recognized by U.S. Soccer.
After leading the NASL in attendance in each of its first two seasons at IUPUI’s Michael A. Carroll Stadium in downtown Indianapolis, Indy Eleven’s remarkable 2016 campaign included winning the NASL Spring Season title and earning its first postseason appearance, ending in The Championship Final. Get the latest news on “Indiana’s Team” at www.IndyEleven.com and via the club’s @IndyEleven channels on social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Snapchat.