Ground broken on second U.S. indoor velodrome in Detroit

Work has begun on only the second indoor velodrome in the U.S. in Detroit, soon to play host to the USA Cycling 2017 and 2018 Cycling Madison National Championships.

Coming in at $4 million, the facility will be situated at a new indoor multi-sport complex as part of the city of Detroit’s planned improvements to Tolan Playfield, located at I-75 and Mack Avenue.

The build will be overseen by Dale Hughes, the Detroit Fitness Foundation director and a man who has previously overseen the development of over 20 velodromes worldwide, including the 1996 Olympic Velodrome in Atlanta and the 2015 Pan Am Games Velodrome in Toronto.

Once open, the complex will provide free access and programs including coaching and equipment for youth and seniors in the community. All other participation fees will align with the Northwest Activity Center.

The complex will feature three main components or “fields of play,” a world-class velodrome cycling track, running, walking and in-line skating lanes and a multi-purpose infield and coffee shop/cafe.

“Last year, we unveiled the city’s plan for investing in our parks and neighborhoods and this project is a perfect complement to our efforts,” said Mayor Mike Duggan. “Having safe and healthy spaces within our neighborhoods for families to live and play is essential to our city’s continued growth. The Detroit Fitness Foundation initiative will be a great asset to our community and its residents.”

In addition to the indoor complex, DFF is donating $125,000 for additional outdoor improvements to the park and the city has committed $250,000 for new outdoor features including playground equipment, a picnic shelter and tables, fitness station, skateboard ramp and horseshoe pits.

DFF, a Michigan non-profit, is seeking a naming rights sponsor as well as additional sponsorship opportunities for the complex and is working with other foundations to underwrite youth and community programs. Interested parties may contact Susan Tait, Director of Sponsorships, Grants & Administration at +1313-820-9955.