Who knew Indy was made for professional soccer? I suppose I should have known–growing up in the soccer-crazed northern suburbs–that Naptown could handle soccer on the pro level, but still was surprised by how much fun we had taking our little ones to an evening Indy Eleven soccer game! It helped that the weather was fantastic, but Carroll Stadium really is a great venue for European football.[dropshadowbox effect=”raised” width=”250px”]
- Kids 2 and under are free (lap child)
- No strollers
- Tickets $10 and up
- Unopened water bottle permitted[/dropshadowbox]
We were lucky enough to score 3 tickets. We parked right across from the stadium and wished we’d planned ahead to tailgate- it wasn’t a raucous crowd and I think we certainly would have felt welcome eating dinner and enjoying a drink—even with our 2 1⁄2 year old and 6 month old in tow. I was asked to empty my water bottle as we entered (you are allowed to bring in an unopened bottle of water) and they did quick checks of purses and bags as patrons entered. I was wearing baby in an Ergo (strollers are not permitted) and that wasn’t an issue at all. There were a few booths where local beers were sold, as well as snacks and typical stadium foods, and of course, Indy Eleven gear- my husband already has plans to put the girls in matching shirts for our next game! Along with line-ups, because this was an US Open Cup game, we got free posters on our way in too!
The stadium was fairly full, but not uncomfortably packed- about 9100 in attendance- it was so good to see our hometown supporting a new team! We had 3 bleacher seats in section 108 (though we only needed 2, as children 2 and under are admitted for free as lap kids). Our seats were high, but not too high and we lucked out with some extra space around us, which was ideal with a toddler. I highly recommend buying an extra seat if you have a mobile kid. Because they were metal bleacher seats, a thick blanket or stadium seat pad is nice to have too. Our older daughter absolutely loved clapping, cheering, and stomping her feet along with the crowd! I
was happy to read that noisemakers weren’t allowed at games, because while it was celebratory, it wasn’t too loud. We also enjoyed the antics of the Brickyard Battalion at the East Goal end of the field- we wouldn’t take kids in that section, but think it would be a fun area to get seats in for a date night! They do allow fans to bring signs and banners, so I plan on working on the Indy Eleven logo so we can make a poster to bring to our next game. Our younger daughter enjoyed eating the line-up paper most of all, but we loved watching her keep track of the ball during the game.
Indy Eleven is such a fun addition to the Indianapolis sports scene and a great event to take the kids to! I didn’t see a changing table in the stadium restrooms though the website says they are there, but there is a first aid station in case of an accident or a mama who may need a place to express milk. All the staff was incredibly nice and accommodating, especially the Indy Eleven mascot, a bulldog named Zeke, who stopped to take a picture with up and give high fives. Indy Eleven is also doing lots of good in the community, including supporting a golf outing on July 25th variety of youth soccer clinics around Central Indiana.
Single game tickets to games are quite affordable, starting at $10, and we’re already talking about getting season tickets next year. Come see The World’s Game, Indiana’s Game, at Carroll Stadium!
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