The Gilroy Stadium is encompassed by Jefferson Street and Harrison Boulevard in the city of Gary, Lake County, Indiana.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Where is the abandoned Gilroy Stadium ruins of Gary located? You can find it with these coordinates. 41.561206, -87.347294.