Indy Eleven Professional Soccer, the Capital Improvement Board of Managers, and the City of Indianapolis announced today that Indy Eleven home matches will be scheduled at Lucas Oil Stadium for the 2018 season.
"From the Super Bowl to the Final Four, over the last decade our city has celebrated some of Indianapolis' biggest events at Lucas Oil Stadium," said Mayor Joe Hogsett. "Now, with the Indy Eleven set to take the field next season, soccer fans will continue that tradition -- cheering on our 'Boys in Blue' at one of our city's premier venues."
Paired with last month’s announcement of Indy Eleven’s move to the bigger, more stable United Soccer League, the team’s partnership with the CIB is just another indication that professional soccer continues to have a strong foundation for future growth In Indiana.
“On behalf of Indy Eleven and our fans, I am deeply grateful to Mayor Hogsett, CIB president Melina Kennedy, and all those who worked together to make this announcement possible,” said Indy Eleven owner Ersal Ozdemir. “By relocating to Lucas Oil Stadium, we will be providing immediate upgrades to the amenities, services, and atmosphere for our fans who deserve the best possible environment to watch a professional soccer match."
Since its inception in 2013, Indy Eleven has played its home games at Michael Carroll Stadium on the campus of IUPUI. The possibility remains that some home games for the 2018 season may need to be moved there due to potential scheduling conflicts at Lucas Oil Stadium.
“We feel strongly that joining a new league, and bringing a new head coach, along with player roster changes, demonstrates our commitment to fielding a high quality club in a high quality environment,” said Ozdemir.
A tentative 2018 game schedule is available at IndyEleven.com. The final game schedule will be set after the release of the Indianapolis Colts schedule.