Millikin has a proud tradition of academic excellence and a storied history in athletic endeavors. To continue building on this history, improvements and additions must be made to athletic facilities for the university’s oldest and youngest sport programs, football and soccer, as well as the track & field program.
Frank M. Lindsay Field Upgrade
In 1904, Millikin defeated Illinois Wesleyan 34-0 in its first-ever football game, establishing the sport as a cornerstone for Big Blue athletics. Through the years, the elements required to maintain a successful program have changed, including the playing field.
The last major upgrade to the football field was completed more than 20 years ago. Currently, the field has a natural grass surface with incomplete drainage, which limits usage primarily to game day to avoid the risk of damage. The installation of a new synthetic turf will allow games and practices to be held on the same resilient field.
Soccer and Track & Field
In addition to hosting football games, the newly developed field will serve as the new home field for the Big Blue soccer teams and will continue to host Millikin track & field events.
The addition of lights will expand the field’s use beyond the limitations of daylight, providing greater flexibility in scheduling games and practices.
Planned Improvements at a Glance
• Synthetic turf for Frank M. Lindsay Field
• New blue surface for track
• New high-defination video scoreboard
• Lighting for football field
These improvements will help attract skilled players to the Big Blue’s talented rosters and continue building a winning tradition at Millikin.