Ralph Young Track & Field Complex
Ralph Young Field, site of the 2006 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships, has had a long source of history and tradition for the Michigan State track and field program. Located in the heart of campus adjacent to Spartan Stadium, the facility features seating for over 1,500 spectators. A press box features media seating, a state-of-the-art sound system and a camera platform on the roof.
Before Ralph Young Field, the Spartans competed at three different sites on campus, including Old College Field and Macklin Field (now Spartan Stadium). The track at Ralph Young Field was dedicated on April 17, 1937, as MSU defeated the University of Chicago in a dual meet, 88-43. MSU hosted its first Big Ten outdoor track and field championships in 1960.
The site was renovated at the beginning of this decade and constructed for the dual purpose of housing the MSU field hockey program as well as the men's and women's track and field programs. On Sept. 6, 2002, the MSU field hockey team opened a new chapter in the history books with the unveiling of the MSU Field Hockey Complex. The first track meet at the new complex arrived in the spring of 2004, as the Spartan men and women hosted the Spartan Invitational.
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