May 252012
 

In my opinion this weekend’s biggest sporting event is the Indianapolis 500. The race takes place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in a suburb appropriately named Speedway, IN. The racetrack is enormous, and you could certainly fit a football field inside the oval. But from what I could derive in my research, organized football has never been attempted at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Regardless, football does have a place in the suburb of Speedway. The local high school fields a team nicknamed the Sparkplugs. A fitting nickname that pays homage to the racing history of Speedway. The Speedway Sparkplugs football team has never won a state title, but they have won three 2A regional titles (1998, 2001, 2005).

There isn’t anything else to say about this topic. As stated before, football has never taken place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. But to give more content, I’ll list of some of the football game firsts in Indianapolis.

 

Football Game Firsts in Indianapolis

Note: The games listed are to the knowledge of this site, the most accurate and correct representation of a “first game” in the city of Indianapolis. There are a few occasions in which another game could have a claim to the “first” title, but doesn’t because the game site is currently unknown.

College Football
First Intercollegiate Game in Indianapolis
Season Date Won Lost Score
1887 10/29/1887 Butler (IN) Purdue (IN) 48-6
First Indiana Game in Indianapolis
Season Date Won Lost Score
1891 11/01/1891 Butler (IN) Indiana 52-6
First Major Intercollegiate Game in Indianapolis
Season Date Won Lost Score
1892 10/22/1892 Michigan DePauw (IN) 18-6
First Notre Dame (IN) Game in Indianapolis
Season Date Won Lost Score
1906 11/10/1906 Indiana Notre Dame (IN) 12-0
First Intercollegiate Game Involving an AP Ranked School in Indianapolis
Season Date Won Lost Score
1984 9/8/1984 Purdue (IN) #7 Notre Dame (IN) 23-21
Pro Football
First NFL vs. Non-NFL Game (Exhibition) in Indianapolis
Season Date Won Lost Score
1922 10/22/1922 Oorang (OH) Indians Indianapolis Belmonts 33-0
First NFL Game (Exhibition) in Indianapolis
Season Date Won Lost Score
1947 9/13/1947 Los Angeles Rams Detroit Lions 21-0
First NFL Game (Official) in Indianapolis
Season Date Won Lost Score
1984 9/2/1984 New York Jets Indianapolis Colts 23-14

 

Sources: College football game scores were retrieved from the College Football Data Warehouse. Pro football game scores were retrieved from The Pro Football Archives.

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