INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Despite the competition–with a Pacers playoff game and an Indianapolis Indians home game–the Indy Eleven soccer match at Carroll Stadium Saturday night is almost a sell-out.
Set up for the game was underway nearly 24 hours before fans begin arriving, and based on fans’ feedback after the first home game a week ago, there’s extra work being done.
“We’re doubling the number of vendors in the stands. We’re also increasing the number of food stands itself. And we’re also creating some beer only stands we think will speed things up,” says Peter Wilt, President of Indy Eleven.
Wilt says while fans loved the excitement and atmosphere of the season opener, there were complaints about long lines at concession stands.
It’s a problem that should be eased by the addition of extra staff and more concession stands.
“Right today we’re just setting up barriers. And we’re going to put up the banners. Just whatever they need. We’re the grunts,” says Kori Mueller.
The team is turning to volunteers like Mueller to help out.
“Had the day off. Was spending the day at the zoo. Had nothing better to do. So, here we are.” she said.
One area where professionals are doing all the work is the sound system. The Indy Eleven installed a new one at Carroll Stadium before the season started.
“And with that new audio system, it didn’t function properly in certain parts of the stadium. So we’re adding additional speakers and tweaking the direction of some of the others,” says Wilt.
Changes that are designed to continue to foster fan loyalty.
“They’re just a great organization. I mean, I want soccer to be here in Indy,” Mueller says.
“It’s certainly about what happens on the field. But it’s about everything else. The ingress, the egress, the concessions, the security, the PA announcer, so we’re really looking at every aspect of the fan experience and trying to make it as good as possible,” says Wilt.
The next game is Saturday April 19 at 7:30 p.m against the Tampa Bay Rowdies. A limited number of tickets were still available on Friday. You can buy them at the gate, and if you can’t make it out, you can always catch home games on MyINDY-TV Channel 23.