Gilroy Stadium an Abandoned Sports Arena of Gary

Gilroy Stadium an Abandoned Sports Arena of Gary

The Gilroy Stadium is encompassed by Jefferson Street and Harrison Boulevard in the city of Gary, Lake County, Indiana.

Gilroy Stadium an Abandoned Sports Arena of Gary
The press box remains, advertising memories of the past

Gilroy was completed in 1956 with 10,000 seats on 30 acres of land. It was named in honor of Jack Gilroy who started many athletic programs in Gary. Constructed for Gary High School and the city itself, the price exceed many expectations, took 1 year longer to build than forecasted and was never truly finished. The Gilroy Stadium was set to be part of the South Gleason Park Athletic Complex. An 8 lane runners track was put down but never paved. A parking lot was cleared but it too, was never paved.

Gilroy Stadium an Abandoned Sports Arena of Gary
The 10,000 seat bleacher section has become wildly claimed by nature

The stadium is still standing, a reminder of its former past glories of concerts, religious and other events, fireworks shows, homecoming ceremonies and more. Michael Jackson’s hometown is Gary and the City Wide Jubilee was held at Gilroy Stadium. Jackson 5 won this competition in 1965, which you can see in the picture below. The towers seen are opposite the bleachers. Now, in 2019, one tower is almost completely destroyed and the other a fair bit dilapidated; becoming overgrown with nature.

Gilroy Stadium an Abandoned Sports Arena of Gary
More on the Jackson 5 at the Gilroy Stadium in 1965

In the United States of America V. Stokes there is record that the police force of Gary was meeting at Gilroy Stadium with individuals in evidence collection against Robert Stokes in the 1970’s.

Gilroy Stadium an Abandoned Sports Arena of Gary
The dilapidated ticket booth

The scoreboard quit working sometime in the 1980’s. By the 1990’s a side buildings storage room collapsed. Come 2002, the stadium was condemned. That same year a KKK (Klu Klux Klan) rally was held here.

Gilroy Stadium an Abandoned Sports Arena of Gary
Long forgotten and overgrown tennis courts

Where is the abandoned Gilroy Stadium ruins of Gary located? You can find it with these coordinates. 41.561206, -87.347294.

Gilroy Stadium an Abandoned Sports Arena of Gary
Aerial of abandoned stadium in Gary

Images 2 and 3 by Ken Fager / Flickr. Licensed under CC. Images 1 and 5 by Samuel A. Love / Flickr. Licensed under CC. Images 6 and 7 from Google Maps.

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