INDIANAPOLIS/WESTFIELD, IN (Thursday, April 7, 2016) – Indy Eleven Professional Soccer and Grand Park are pleased to announce an enhanced partnership that expands the club’s presence at the state-of-the-art sports complex in Westfield. Through this partnership, Indy Eleven will continue to utilize Grand Park’s outdoor sports fields and occupy space in the facility’s soccer administration building, which will house the team’s upgraded training center including locker rooms, a player lounge and coaches offices.
In addition, the Indy Eleven NPSL developmental team that will compete in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) across the summer months will also train and host its five NPSL regular season games and potential playoff, exhibition and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup matches at Grand Park. The Indy Eleven squad learned yesterday that it will host its first-ever game in the U.S. Open Cup competition – U.S. Soccer’s national championship tournament open to all amateur and professional clubs – on Wednesday, May 11, against Cincinnati Dutch Lions.
Tickets for that historic game and all Indy Eleven NPSL home games to be held at Grand Park’s Championship Field this summer are now available and can be purchased online via the Indy Eleven NPSL Tickets page at IndyEleven.com.
“Indy Eleven is excited to have a larger presence at Grand Park in 2016,” said Indy Eleven President Jeff Belskus. “The updated arrangement will provide a more professional environment for our players and staff and will serve as a key recruiting tool that will benefit both our NASL and NPSL programs.”
Indy Eleven has also installed signage on its new administrative building home, while Grand Park will reinstall maps and signage around the park to highlight the partnership.
“Grand Park is the largest and best facility of its kind in the region. It only makes sense that Indiana’s only professional soccer team would call it home,” said Ken Alexander, Director of Grand Park. “This partnership will continue for years to come and benefit Grand Park, Indy Eleven and soccer in Indiana.”
The majority of Indy Eleven’s training sessions at Grand Park will be open to both media members and the general public; contact John Koluder in the Indy Eleven Communications Department at email@example.com or 317-919-0808 (mobile) for confirmation of the team’s training schedule.
Indy Eleven will kick off the home portion of its 2016 season this Saturday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. ET against 2014 expansion rival Ottawa Fury FC, and follow that up with another contest at IUPUI’s Carroll Stadium next Saturday, April 16, against the defending NASL champion New York Cosmos. Tickets for both matches remain available and can be purchased at www.IndyEleven.com or over the phone at 317-685-1100 (Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. ET).
About Indy Eleven Professional Soccer
After selling out all 14 home games of its 2014 Inaugural Season in the North American Soccer League (NASL), a professional soccer league based in the United States and Canada, Indy Eleven concluded its second season in the NASL as the growing league’s attendance leader once again. Indy Eleven contests its home games at Michael A. Carroll Stadium on the campus of IUPUI in downtown Indianapolis, where the team has averaged over 10,000 fans per game across its first two seasons of play, and hosts its official training facility at the impressive Grand Park sports complex in Westfield.
Born Indy Pro Soccer after launching as the 11th member of the North American Soccer League on January 16, 2013, Indy Eleven established its identity 99 days later on the 152nd anniversary of the establishment of the 11th Indiana Regiment during the Civil War on April 25, 1861. The mission of Indy Eleven – “To win championships with and for the community” – stays true to its aim of fielding a team that will represent Indiana proudly on and off the field. 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.
About Grand Park Sports Campus
Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana, is a destination like no other. The thoughtfully designed 400-acre Grand Park Sports Campus features 26 baseball and softball diamonds, 31 multipurpose fields for soccer, football, and lacrosse. The Grand Park Events Center will open in summer 2016, featuring three full-sized indoor soccer fields, a restaurant and administrative offices. The Jonathan Byrd’s Fieldhouse indoor basketball/volleyball facility opened in January. Grand Park also features an abundance of green space and more than 10 miles of pedestrian/bicycle trails, including the largest trailhead on the Monon Corridor.
More than 1.5 million sports visitors are expected to participate in or attend tournaments and events at the Grand Park Sports Campus on an annual basis making the surrounding area a prime location for economic development. The master plan outlines approximately 1,400 acres of land available for residential and commercial development including hospitality (hotel, restaurant and retail), mixed-use, life science and corporate office uses.
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