The 64,000-square-foot, $4 million Lexus Velodrome opened on January 26, 2018. The Lexus Velodrome project was led by Dale Hughes, Executive Director of the Detroit Fitness Foundation and velodrome-designer. Hughes has built more than 20 velodromes around the world.
The indoor multi-sport complex was built on Edward Tolan Playfield in Midtown. The site was named in 1968 to honor Thomas Edward “Eddie” Tolan. Tonlan was nicknamed the “Midnight Express“, a track and field athlete, Cass Tech graduate and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist. When Tolan competed he was known as the “World’s Fastest Human.”
The Lexus Velodrome has three fields of play: the cycling track; an infield for spectators with concessions and an area for cyclists to warm up before riding; and a track around the perimeter for jogging, running, walking, and skating. This outer area will also have a corner for a variety of fitness classes and a weight room.
Races at the Lexus Velodrome will take place on the weekends, and once a month, they’ll be shown on the local PBS station. Races will also be live-streamed. Suites are set up within the infield for race events; tickets to get in the door are $10, and suites—which seat up to 10—are available for $150. Spectators can also watch from above on the upper rim of the track.
Dale Hughes hopes to spark the interest of local kids, and city of Detroit is hopeful to create future Olympians at this exciting new cycling venue.
The Lexus Velodrome was made possible by the nonprofit Detroit Fitness Foundation, the city of Detroit and the cost of $4 million was privately-funded raised through donations.
We think this Velodrome is incredible and hope to see more indoor velodromes like this one appear in other cities. It would be great to build indoor velodromes in other cities around the world. Personally we would to see indoor velodromes in Chicago and New York City.
Would you like to see a world class indoor velodrome near your home as well?