Icahn Stadium is a 5,000 seat track and field and multipurpose facility located on Randalls Island, in New York City. Designed within the former site of Downing Stadium, the complex opened on April 23, 2005 and is named after American businessman Carl Icahn who made a $10 million donation towards the construction of the new stadium. It features an International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) Class 1 certified running track with a 400-meter Mondo Super X Performance surface. It has been the site of many international, national, and regional track and field events. Annually, it hosts the Adidas Grand Prix competition of the IAAF Diamond League. It also host several sports and is the part-time home for the New York Lizards of Major League Lacrosse.
Track and Field:
Since its opening, Icahn Stadium has hosted more than 200,000 high school, college and professional athletes and spectators during the track season. Each year, the number of meets and events that are scheduled has grown, bringing larger numbers of people to the facility.
In 2005 the Reebok Grand Prix was created and held at the stadium. Currently known as the Adidas Grand Prix of the IAAF Diamond League, the annual summer tournament welcomes top runners from around the World. From its inception it has distinguished itself as one of top meets to feature Olympic and World Champions.
In December 2012 the New York Lizards or Major League Lacrosse announced that the team would play two home games at Icahn Stadium for the 2013 season. The team played at the venue on June 6 and 13, 2013.
On June 27, 2013, the New York Cosmos revealed that their annual Cosmos Copa NYC soccer tournament would hold its final at the stadium, as many of the games were held at Randalls Island. Due to scheduling issues, the final was relocated. However, the team is working to have the site used for the 2014 Cosmos Copa championship game in honor of the team's history at the site during the Downing Stadium years.
Icahn Stadium was incorporated as a training center into the New York City bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics. Future New York City Olympic bids will also potentially use the stadium as a training facility since it already meets IAAF specifications.