Indy Eleven stadium plans on hold after human remains found

Stadium plans for Eleven Park, proposed home of the USL Championship’s Indy Eleven, are up in the air after human remains were unearthed at the stadium construction site.

According to WFYI Indianapolis, the construction site is also where Indianapolis’s first public cemetery was established in the early 1800s.

Keystone Group, the developer of the project, has submitted a reinterment plan, according to Fox 59 Indianapolis. The proposal states that a total of 97 designated burial shafts were found and excavated, with 90 of those containing confirmed human remains. An additional 78 isolated human remains were “mapped and individually collected.”

According to the WFYI report, the City of Indianapolis has offered to purchase the site, as research over the past year has revealed that up to 650 bodies may still be interned in one acre alone.

Further clouding the future of the Eleven Park project was a recent announcement by Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett that the city is looking at a new site for a potential soccer-specific stadium in an effort to bring an expansion Major League Soccer team to Indianapolis.