The public is showing a healthy appetite for Indy Eleven tickets.
After selling 7,000 season tickets ahead of its inaugural season, the team on Wednesday opened single-game ticket sales.
"We have less than 1,000 left for the home opener on April 12," Tom Dunmore, Indy Eleven v.p. of marketing and operations, reported Wednesday afternoon. "It's been amazing. The phones have been buzzing social media, Twitter, Facebook. Our fans' passion is remarkable in that they are going extremely quickly."
Reports of competitive showings in friendly matches in the preseason is stoking fans' passion. A 4-2 loss to Sport Kansas City, last year's Major League Soccer champions, could have easily gone the other way, leaving many fans with the impression that Indy Eleven is ready to step to all opponents they are scheduled to face.
This theory will be tested here in Indiana over the next few weeks as the team looks toward more pre-season friendlies, including a match against 2012 NCAA Soccer Champions Indiana University and possibly 2013 NCAA Soccer Champions Notre Dame.
If there are any doubters left heckling on the sidelines, the team is working hard to get ready for them.
"The best way to shut people up is to actually win at the game," Ozdemir said.
*[Full disclosure: This reporter considers Indy Eleven family with which she enjoys watching, playing and building soccer. She is a season ticket holder, wears Indy Eleven gear and is a card-carrying member of the Brickyard Battalion, which is free to join and offers discounts at supporting establishments across town (20 percent off food orders at Union Jack, for example). On the subject of soccer, she must confess a personal passion that can't help but shape her reporting on the subject. She appreciates readers' indulgence.]