National Velodrome Center
NATIONAL VELODROME AND EVENTS CENTER
First Indoor Velodrome for East Coast will draw international competition and other Events
The National Velodrome and Events Center will draw cycling fans and participants from up and down the Atlantic Seaboard, create hundreds of full and part time jobs and become a showcase for cycling, an Olympic sport that has grown dramatically in Chester County and around the nation.
The 2,200 seat arena and velodrome, a steeply banked wooden track, will be capable of hosting high level national and international cycling competition and will provide a much needed year round facility for training and development of young cyclists. Although the velodrome and comprehensive cycling program will anchor the facility, the building is designed for multi-use including added seating capacity for concerts, other sporting events and community activities.
As the only indoor velodrome on the East Coast, the facility is certain to furnish Coatesville, Chester County, the Philadelphia area and the Commonwealth with a unique and visionary asset worthy of national as well as international recognition.
The only other indoor velodrome in the United States opened in 2004 in Los Angeles and has become a site for national and international cycling events, championships and youth development programs. There are 22 outdoor velodromes in the nation, the closest and most successful being the Valley Preferred Cycling Center in Trexlertown, PA, a magnet for cyclists that has been in summer-only operation since 1976. David Chauner, president of Velodrome Management Group, LLC and one of the National Velodrome developers, was the first program director at that facility and is a member of its Hall of Fame.
In addition to high-level competition, introducing area youth to cycling in all its disciplines will be a key objective of the facility, similar to the successful Air Products Development Program Chauner initiated at Trexlertown in 1977. The program has introduced cycling to 14,000 youngsters and, over the years, has produced 16 Olympic team members including 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist, Marty Nothstein.
Built at a cost of approximately $15 million, developers expect the velodrome to create nearly 100 new full and part time jobs and that $25 to $35 million will be pumped into the local economy by some 50,000 out of town visitors each year. IMC Construction of Malvern, R2 Architects of Vorhees, NJ and V-Worldwide of Detroit have been selected to assist VMG with the project. Initial funding for the project is being provided by Wilson Wood, LLC, a private equity fund that is based in Coatesville and managed by Crosby Wood, a co-developer of the project and resident of Chester County.
Velodrome Video: www.nationalcyclingcentre.com