FACILITIES / DIRECTIONS
Michigan Track and Field Facilities
With the opening of the new indoor track and field complex housed within the Stephen M. Ross Athletics South Competition and Performance Center, the University of Michigan track and field and cross country programs have a home worthy of their storied history. The one-of-a-kind, world-class facility located south of the U-M Golf Course on State Street features a combination of amenities unmatched by any other facility around the globe, cementing the team's new home as one of track and field's crown-jewel facilities.
The facility is part of the university's $168 million Stephen M. Ross Athletic Campus Athletics South Competition and Performance Project -- the second-largest athletics project in school history that also produced new spaces for lacrosse, rowing, soccer, gymnastics, tennis and wrestling.
Showcased at the center of the indoor facility is a hydraulic banked 200-meter competition track -- one of just seven such tracks hosted on university campuses anywhere in the country -- that puts the complex in line to host major national and international events. Surrounding that centerpiece is a three-lane 300-meter practice track, making it the only complex in the country with such a setup. The infield of the track features four jumps runways (two for horizontal events, two for pole vault), a shot put sector, space for the high jump and an auxiliary sprints straightaway, with a state-of-the-art throws area located on the facility's south end.
All of those areas are visible from the 2,000-spectator-capacity permanent bleachers running along the facility's east side, with the ability to accommodate up to 3,500 spectators for major events with the addition of temporary seating. Fans will also be able to follow the progress of events on the facility's large video board on its west wall.
Using Beynon Sports' "Rise-N-Run" technology, the track -- surfaced with the same BSS-2000 material used at the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships and at many world-class facilities -- can be raised or lowered from flat to banked. The hydraulic actuators (constructed by Mitchell Machine Works) that lift the track can create an embankment on the curves of up to 10 degrees, subjecting the student-athletes' bodies to less stress and creating more speed as they navigate the track's two turns.
The track will be raised for events 200 meters or farther, and lowered for the 60-meter events that are contested on the main sprints straightaway located directly in front of the bleachers on the facility's east side. That main straightaway is one of three in the facility, in addition to the auxiliary infield straightaway and a 100-meter practice and warm-up straightaway on the west wall.
Events to be contested on the infield of the competition track are the horizontal jumps (long jump and triple jump) on two runways closest to the bleachers, high jump in the middle of the infield, the pole vault on two runways located on the west side of the infield, and the shot put in the southwest corner of the infield.
The weight throw will take place in a dedicated sector on the outside of the competition track, located in the throws practice area. Not only does the area feature a weight throw sector, it also features an additional practice ring, an intricate netting system, and two garage doors that open up onto a dedicated throws field -- allowing student-athlete to practice the outdoor-only long throws year-round in any conditions.
The facility began construction in the fall of 2015 and reached completion late fall of 2017, and serves as a replacement for the U-M Indoor Track Building that hosted the program from 1974 through 2017. The final practice in the old facility took place on Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017.
Located adjacent to both the U-M Indoor Track Building and the U-M Lacrosse Stadium, the U-M Track and Field Stadium replaces historic Ferry Field as the site of outdoor track and field activity for Michigan. The facility was completed in the spring of 2018, at which point the track and field program fully switched from holding its outdoor practices at Ferry Field.
As a competition venue it is well-suited to hosting large-scale competitions. The nine-lane oval also features two 10-lane sprint straightaways, encircling an infield filled with field event areas. The infield includes two horizontal jumps runways with a total of four pits; three pole vault runways, running both east-west and north-south; and an apron that includes space for two high jump pits and a javelin runway out onto the infield.
The facility also features a dedicated throws field with two shot put rings and sectors, and there are two rings/sectors that can be used for the longer hammer and discus throws.
Permanent bleachers for 500 spectators are built into the facility's west side, with room for temporary bleacher expansion and grass hill seating all along both straightaways.
From Detroit Metro Airport and points east: Take I-94 west to State Street (exit 177). Turn right. Travel north approximately 1 1/4 miles through one stoplight. U-M Indoor Track Building will be on the left, just past the car dealership on the right.
From Chicago and points west: Take I-94 east to State Street (exit 177). Turn left. Travel north approximately 1 1/4 miles through two stoplights. U-M Indoor Track Building will be on the left, just past the car dealership on the right.
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.