The launch of Indy Pro Soccer has begun with a boom. Less than 24 hours after it was announced that an Indianapolis team will join the North American Soccer League (NASL) for the 2014 season, more than 700 season ticket deposits have been taken giving fans seat priority.
As well as receiving a groundswell of organic fan support from groups such as the Brickyard Battalion, who packed out the Chatham Tap in a celebration on Wednesday night, Indianapolis’ media has covered Indy Pro Soccer’s launch extensively. The Indy Star featured the team’s plans and a rendering of Carroll Stadium’s proposed configuration for Indy Pro Soccer games on the frontpage of the Sports section.
The Indy Star quoted NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson as saying “I’m confident Indianapolis and the surrounding community and state will develop this into one of the next great NASL cities.”
WISH-TV also featured the news of Indy Pro Soccer’s announcement, with Indianapolis’ Deputy Mayor of Economic Development Deron Kintner commenting on the broad benefit of the team for the city: “I see it helpful in a number of ways, one, providing an amenity to our residents, to give them another entertainment option. There’s plenty of soccer fans as you saw here today so that’s exciting. But also, often forgotten, this is also an economic development tool. Being Indiana’s soccer team, we expect to draw visitors from all over the state to come here.”
FOX 59 discussed the announcement with Indiana Governor Mike Pence telling the station that “Bringing a professional soccer team to Indiana raises the profile of our state globally. A growing number of our state’s youth soccer players will soon be able to witness professional soccer firsthand. Families, young adults and soccer diehards from every corner of our state will now have a local team to call their own.”
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard told WLFI-18 that Indy Pro Soccer would bring long-term benefit to the city: “Indianapolis’ success as a city in many ways is defined by our long-term blueprint focused on sports, both professional and amateur. Our large sports presence greatly impacts the community, from its effect on teams, players and facilities to quality of life for residents including our local sports hospitality workers. Bringing professional soccer to Indianapolis is a key step toward expanding our successful sports strategy and reflects the interests of our expanding demographic population as our businesses and universities recruit top talent from around the world.”
Fans can join the groundswell of support for Indy Pro Soccer by placing a $25 deposit for season tickets here.