The new issue of the IBJ starts the hype for another hack at the taxpayers’ wallets. Apparently the mayor now thinks that we need professional soccer to become a true world class city. We’ll make only a couple of brief comments.
One of the "temporary venues" suggested for such a team to use is, of course, our football palace. We suppose this might be appropriate, since the rest of the world knows the sport as "football" anyway. The question there would seem to be how much ransom the CIB would pay the Colts for allowing someone else to use their facility.
But we might get lucky and not have to deal with the Colts. The story refers to a possibility of, after playing a few years in an existing facility, "...building an 8,000- to 10,000-seat soccer-specific venue, possibly downtown." (Our emphasis.) Expandable to 20,000 seats! Ring any bells, folks?
The president of a local sports marketing firm is quoted as saying, "Sure, Indianapolis is a crowded sports marketplace, but it’s also a successful sports marketplace." (Our emphasis.)
We would dearly like to know the gentleman’s definition of "successful." Is it possible that survival by taxpayer subsidy now falls under the definition of "successful?"
We understand they are soliciting suggestions for a name of the team. As a model of excellence, and a marvelous international attraction, which we believe the team would most assuredly be, we’d offer this. Call the team The Paragons.
Then the obvious name for the playing facility would be The Para-site."