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A $45 million, rugby-focused renovation proposed for Kuntz Stadium

The goal is to attract USA Rugby and for Indianapolis to be considered for hosting duties during the 2031 Men’s Rugby World Cup + the 2033 Women’s Rugby World Cup, which are being held in the United States for the first time.

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Rendering of the new entryway that is proposed for the southeast corner of the property.

Rendering by Schmidt Associates via Riverside Sports Properties

A group of local investors are proposing a $45 million revamp of the Kuntz Memorial Soccer Stadium (1502 W. 16th St.) with a goal of attracting USA Rugby.

The project is expected to take place in four phases, with the first three (totaling about $12.7 million) focused on enhancing existing facilities, plus the addition of a new entryway. The final phase will add a new training facility + a separate parking garage.

Plans also call for:

  • A public plaza, improved lighting, and other new amenities
  • Expanding from its current 5,000-seat capacity to more than 8,000 seats
  • Several hospitality suites and a press box area
  • Extending the Indianapolis Cultural Trail to 16th Street and Riverside Park

Riverside Sports Properties LLC has reached preliminary terms with Indy Parks & Recreation to take over managing the stadium.

The Parks Committee of the City-County Council is expected to review the lease agreement on Thursday, May 23 before going to the full council for a final vote in June.

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