The hype machine seems to have picked up a head of steam already. Or, if we may throw in a somewhat mixed metaphor, media support for professional soccer appears to be in a full court press.
The IBJ hit our mail box yesterday with a 45-inch column coverage of the newest sporting diversion which will undoubtedly take a chunk out of the taxpayer wallet.
Today’s Sunday morning paper uses nearly 50 column inches to give as rosy a picture of the possibilities as is humanly possible while using black type on white paper.
There does seem to be some difference of opinion as to where a new soccer stadium should be located. (It is a foregone conclusion that a brand new stadium is a necessity.)
The folks consulted in the IBJ story seem to think a downtown location is inevitable. This morning’s paper quotes those who think Broad Ripple would be more appropriate. The downtown folks apparently think the vacant Market Square site would be ideal.
We have no idea about any specific area of Broad Ripple availability, but we assume the necessary real estate could be assembled for such an indispensable project. Obviously, the downtown land would be considerably more expensive.
As to the structure, one story cites a cost (2008) of $13 million for a stadium in Canada. The new local owner of this franchise has surveyed the country and found one he liked for $200 million.
Well, after all, Indianapolis history tells us money is no object. Particularly when it is taxpayer money for professional sports subsidy!
Another problem appears in light of a subject also receiving ultra-hyped attention in the media. Would a location in Broad Ripple for a new sports venue require some amendment to the "mass transit" proposals?
We realize that the city is already tackling the problem by building and giving away a $6 million parking garage. But the last time we drove through the area, under current "normal" conditions, traffic was more than just a tad constricted.
But, we assume the "brains" downtown will work things out. Our bet would be on a downtown site, although the proposed new TIF expansion to include Broad Ripple might be attractive to the fans of accumulation of public slush funds.
In any circumstance, we have complete confidence that, ultimately, our leaders will take every necessary step to make certain that residents of Upper Tasmania, and Lower Slobovia, recognize our World Class status.