Inaugural Victory Field Gridiron Classic to be played Oct. 2 & 16
For the first time in the history of Victory Field, high school football will be played under the Friday night lights. The inaugural Victory Field Gridiron Classic presented by the Indiana National Guard and OrthoIndy will feature Fishers High against Cathedral High on Oct. 2, and Brownsburg High versus Hamilton Southeastern High on Oct. 16. The games will kick off at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 and children age 2 and under admitted for free.
It will be the first time football games will be played on the field that, since 1996, has been the home of the Indianapolis Indians.
The football field configuration will stretch north-to-south, parallel to the third base line. The configuration was tested last fall when Brownsburg High held a practice at the ballpark.
“The Indiana Army National Guard is excited to be able to participate in the inaugural Gridiron Classic at Victory Field this Fall, the event gives Indiana the ability to showcase young talent all while giving these students an opportunity of a lifetime,” said Lieutenant Colonel Shawn Gardner, Indiana Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion Commander.
Victory Field’s playing surface continues to be among the most-respected in all of professional baseball. Following the 2014 season Indians head groundskeeper Joey Stevenson was recognized as the Triple-A Groundskeeper of the Year by the Sports Turf Managers Association. It was the third time in four years Stevenson and Victory Field were presented this award.
Other special sporting events outside of Indians baseball games have been held on the Victory Field surface. Each year it hosts the Indiana High School Athletic Association state baseball championships, the City and County Baseball Tournament finals, and since 2009 the Indiana Children’s Wish Fund Celebrity Softball Challenge. Victory Field also hosts a few college baseball games each spring – most recently Indiana vs. Notre Dame on Apr. 21. The most unusual event to take place on the Victory Field playing surface was when it was converted to the world’s largest indoor beach during Super Bowl XLVI in 2012.