This year, the cost of that stadium dropped to $83 million. The House quickly signed off again on the deal after we learned the Speaker of the House and a member of his leadership were both on Ozdemir's payroll. The Senate stripped the plan and offered the businessman $20 million in state money to renovate Carroll Stadium on the IUPUI campus in downtown Indianapolis where the team currently plays. Senate lawmakers said Ozdemir could pay for more costly improvements if he wanted a better stadium than the $20 million would buy.
A bait-and-switch amendment hastily added in the Senate before passage allowed Carroll Stadium to be razed and replaced by an entirely new stadium without the track and field component after the corrupt Ballard administration promised city dollars to pay for the extra costs of the stadium demanded by the Indy Eleven owner. This is the same mayor who promised $50 million in projects to five Democratic council members to get them to pass the criminal justice center he wants built under a public-private partnership agreement that will royally screw over Indianapolis taxpayers for decades to come. Indy Eleven's owner is very pleased with the deal because he knows he won't be paying a dime for the new stadium.
It’s all about creating a new home for the Indy Eleven, an 18,000 seat stadium that might lead to Major League Soccer in Indianapolis.
Indiana University, however, says that Carroll Stadium is likely suitable only for demolition and that, rather than renovation, it would like to see a new stadium built that could also be used for NCAA championships in soccer and other sports.
“If you want to build for professional soccer or an event type facility,” said Indiana University Vice President Tom Morrison, “it’s probably going to necessitate building almost a new stadium on that footprint that’s probably between $50 and $60 million.”
Lawmakers are working on a plan that would limit state government investment to $20 million. “I think the other parties would need to contribute,” said Rep. Todd Huston (R-Fishers) “but we define what the state’s contribution would be.” That means $30 to $40 million would have to come from the team, the city, and Indiana University if the stadium plan is to succeed. Indy Eleven team officials say they can work with this plan.At a conference committee meeting today on HB 1273, a representative of Indiana University first told bill conferees the stadium demanded by Ozdemir would cost at least $50 to $60 million and would require razing Carroll Stadium and starting from scratch. That's after the media lied to you about the Senate-passed plan, saying it limited public investment in the project to just $20 million when the bill passed by the Senate said no such thing. Advance Indiana, alone, told you that the plan called for razing Carroll Stadium.
Chances are that your lawmaker supports this big giveaway to Ozdemir since HB 1273 has passed both the Housen and Senate by very wide margins. You need to start asking your lawmakers what they've been promised in exchange for selling your interests down the river to enrich this man. You certainly aren't going to get any help from the useless media in this state, which does little more than write press releases for the people raping and pillaging our state.