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by Shane Stokes
January 27, 2018
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The US’s newest velodrome is set to be opened on Friday evening, with the Lexus Velodrome to be unveiled from 6pm. The building, situated at the City of Detroit Tolan Playfield on Mack Ave in Detroit, is a $4 million complex owned and operated by the nonprofit organization DFF.
Last November Lexus was announced as the official naming rights sponsor of the indoor multi-sport complex. “Lexus is committed to giving back to the local community and we are proud to be the naming rights sponsor of the complex,” said Lexus Central Area General Manager Mark Nazario at the time. “We look forward to being a part of the positive impact the complex will have on community members and metro Detroit.”
Friday’s launch will see the first official race being held, with competitors taking to the velodrome shortly after the venue is opened to the public. An additional race will be held on Saturday at 7.30 pm.
The complex features a banked cycling track which is 166 metres in length, the only one of its kind in the US, as well as four flat lanes for running, walking and skating. It also has a multipurpose infield for exercise classes and special events, and a café with light food and drinks.
For more information on the velodrome click here.