Michigan Track and Field FacilitiesIndoor Track Building
Indoor Track & Tennis Building (1974-97)
Indoor Track Building (1997-present)
Men: Jan. 25, 1975 (host Michigan Invitational)
Women: Feb. 17, 1979 (vs. Central Michigan, Macomb Community College)
University of Michigan track and field student-athletes prepare for their competitive seasons using both indoor and outdoor facilities. Located on the Athletic Campus south of Michigan's Central Campus on South State Street, the U-M facilities offer year-round training centers for both men's and women's track and field student-athletes.
Originally constructed as the Indoor Track and Tennis Building in 1974, the completion of the Varsity Tennis Center allowed for the removal of the tennis courts and the 1997 renovations. During these renovations, the Indoor Track Building's six-lane track switched from a tartan-surface to Durathon-surface, and the pole vault, long jump and high jump pits were moved into the middle of the track.
Michigan hosts several indoor meets during the winter months, including the prestigious Red Simmons and Harold Silverston Invitationals which draw top talent from the Big Ten Conference and midwestern region, as well as the annual Jack Harvey Invitational, named after the long-time U-M men's track and field coach, who retired in 1999. During the 2008 indoor season, the Wolverines celebrated the 98th birthday of living legend "Red" Simmons at the track building during the highly esteemed Red Simmons Invitational.
The Indoor Track Building has hosted several Big Ten Conference Indoor Championships, including the men's meet in 1994 and the women's meet's in 2005, when the Wolverines won the title in front of their home crowd. In addition, the men's (1977, 1984 and 2004) and women's (1987 and 1995) conference championship meets have taken place at the Indoor Track Building.
RENOVATED: 1914, 1921, 1924, 1927-28
PREVIOUS TENANT: Football (1906-1926)
Men's Track: May 18, 1917 (U-M 104 1/3, Ohio State 57 2/3)
Located north of Fisher Stadium and adjacent to the Intramural Building, Ferry Field serves as the site of outdoor track and field activity for Michigan. A complete renovation of the facility resulted in a redesign for dual field event facilities and an eight-lane Martin embedded 400-meter track.
In 2006, Ferry Field celebrated its 100th anniversary. Bearing the name of Detroit businessman and U-M supporter Dexter M. Ferry, the head of Ferry Seed Company, Ferry Field was constructed in 1906 and initially served as the home field for Michigan football teams from 1906-26. Following the 1926 season, the U-M football team moved up the road to Michigan Stadium and the old stadium began to come down as the north bleachers made way for the new Intramural Sports Building. The playing field was devoted exclusively to track and field, except for use as a military training ground during World War II and as the site of many graduation ceremonies.
Ferry Field has a permanent place in track and field history. As a collegian at Ohio State University, Jesse Owens set three world records and tied another as a sophomore at the 1935 Big Ten Conference Championships held at the University of Michigan's facility. A time chronology of Owens' feat shows he tied the 100-yard dash record (9.4) at 2:45 p.m.; set the broad jump record (26-8) 1/4) at 3:25 p.m.; established the 220-yard dash record (20.3) at 3:34 p.m.; and at 4 p.m. set the 220-yard low hurdles record (22.6). Described as the greatest day in track and field history, a plaque commemorating Owens' accomplishment stands at the southeast corner of Ferry Field.
Address and Directions
Indoor Track Building/Ferry Field 1150 S. State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
From Detroit Metro Airport and points east: Take I-94 west to State Street (exit 177). Turn right. Travel north approximately 2 1/4 miles through two stoplights. Turn left just past Yost Ice Arena into parking lot. The Indoor Track Building is located at the west end of the parking lot (past Ray Fisher baseball stadium). Ferry Field is located north of Ray Fisher Baseball Stadium and south of the Intramural Sports Building.
From Chicago and points west: Take I-94 east to State Street (exit 177). Turn left. Travel north approximately 2 1/4 miles through three stoplights. Turn left just past Yost Ice Arena into parking lot. The Indoor Track Building is located at the west end of the parking lot (past Ray Fisher Baseball Stadium). Ferry Field is located north of Ray Fisher Baseball Stadium and south of the Intramural Sports Building.
From Toledo and points south: Take U.S. 23 north to I-94 west. Follow directions from Detroit Metro Airport.
From Flint and points north: Take U.S. 23 south to I-94 west. Follow directions from Detroit Metro Airport.