Saturday night the Michael A Carroll Stadium came alive! Talk about repurposing a grand world class facility with a flourish! The ‘Mike’, as Indy Eleven Twitter fans call the Stadium, was the scene of 11, 048 chanting, singing, and screaming soccer fans. The inaugural match between the newly formed professional soccer team – INDY ELEVEN – kicked off on a balmy warm spring night on the IUPUI campus. Once the new FieldTurf Revolution soccer field was installed in May of 2012, the opportunity to collaborate and host this dynamic sport and the new INDY ELEVEN team was possible.
Built in 1982, the Michael A. Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium, created in the city of Indianapolis' drive to become the "Amateur Sports Capital of the World," fittingly bears the name of the late Carroll, whom many IUPUI people consider the campus's "greatest cheerleader." Carroll, who was killed tragically in a 1992 plane crash, was a former Indianapolis deputy mayor and special assistant to Sen. Richard G. Lugar.
Carroll Stadium was built to host the 1987 Pan American Games, a major international event. This world class facility also hosted the 2006 and 2007 USA Track and Field Championships, the 1988 Olympic Team Trials - Track and Field, IHSAA Lacrosse State Championships, the Horizon League Championships, the 2001 World Police and Fire Games, NCAA soccer & track competitions and other marquee events.
This collaboration has supported the revitalization of this great facility. Further corporate and individual sponsorships of Carroll Stadium are available.