BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — The days of Minnesota’s only bicycle racing velodrome may be numbered.
With a mounting list of necessary repairs at the National Sports Center’s velodrome in Blaine, board members are weighing whether to put in hundreds of thousands of dollars or close it up.READ MORE: Hopkins Police Investigating Homicide At Apartment Building
The track was built in 1990 for $1.3 million. Bikers race around the wooden track with 43 degree banks, but velodrome attendance pales in comparison to other sports.READ MORE: Mass Casualty Simulation Helps Nat'l Guard, Children's Minnesota Practice Treating Kids
Officials say a renovation would cost $850,000. Rebuilding it could be $1.2 million. The National Sports Center’s Foundation will discuss their options Dec. 18.
Tom McGoldrick, chairman of Friends of Velodrome Racing in Minnesota, says his group is trying to raise $60,000 to show the foundation the velodrome should be saved.MORE NEWS: Amid Missionary Hostage Crisis, Minnesotan From Port-Au-Prince Wishes 'Haiti Would Get The Help They Need'
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