For over 100 years the Armory has been the home of indoor track and field in New York City.


Our Mission

The Armory Foundation is dedicated to serving youth by promoting fitness and education through a broad range of athletic, educational and community programs.


History

The Armory has had a special place in New York City for over 100 years. Built originally to house local units of the state’s volunteer militia and later the National Guard, The Armory later became the hub for the City’s track and field enthusiasts. The building was repurposed in the early 1980s as a homeless shelter, and for ten years its famed track became lost behind painted black windows and under 1,800 beds. Today, with the help of private contributions like yours, the spirit of The Armory as a place competition and fellowship has been restored.

 

Now recognized as one of the fastest tracks in the world, The Armory annually hosts over 100 track and field competitions for more than 125,000 athletes and 500,000 visitors ranging from elementary school youth to senior citizens. The Armory is home to over 57 high school and 12 professional American records, making possible stories like Alan Webb’s sub-four-minute-mile in 2001, the first ever by a high schooler, which was bested by Drew Hunter in 2016.

 

A remarkable 220 members of the 2016 Olympic fields have competed at The Armory, at such international competitions as the NYRR Millrose Games, Armory Track Invitational, New Balance Games and even at the Public Schools Athletic League championships. 

"The Armory is a second home to me… This is one of my favorite indoor tracks to run on in the nation. The crowd is electric, there's nothing quite like it." – Matthew Centrowitz, three-time NYRR Millrose Games Wanamaker Mile Champion & Olympian.