The NSC Velodrome requires donations to support its racing and training programs as well as ongoing maintenance to the surface and understructure.
The NSC Velodrome is one of the most unique facilities at the world-renowned sports campus. Designed by the world-famous velodrome design firm, Schurmann Architects of Berlin, Germany, the 250-meter wood track has hosted the 1992 Olympic Cycling Trials, several U.S. National Championships, international Grand Prix meets, as well as its summer season that consists of a weekly race series, development classes and training sessions.
In the fall of 2014, the National Sports Center Foundation (NSCF) Board of Directors received an engineering report that outlined more significant repairs that would be needed to extend the life of the track. As a result, the NSC closed the track for further use at the end of the 2014 season.
In response to the closing of the Velodrome, a community group, Friends of Velodrome Racing in Minnesota (FOVRMN) launched an ambitious campaign that raised sufficient funds to undertake the repair project. The group fundraised via social media, special fund-raising events, and corporate grants. In addition to hundreds of individual donations from local, national and international donors, FOVRMN developed new sponsorships for the National Sports Center from Cargill and Ticket King. Foley & Mansfield provided a lead gift for the repair project. FOVRMN also took the lead in recommending, through a competitive bid process with the NSCF’s approval, the structural engineering firm of Mattson MacDonald Young and the construction firm of PCL Construction Services to make the repairs. PCL Construction Services is an international company with many distinctive projects on their resume, including the Velodrome at the StubHub Center in Los Angeles, the Minneapolis Central Library and the new Seibert Field at the University of Minnesota.
This first round of fundraising by FOVRMN raised the funds necessary to cover the $100,000 in repair costs. But ongoing support is needed to fund additional repairs, and to also fund the ongoing racing, training and instructional programs.
No donation is too small, or too large. By clicking the “Donate Now” button below, you will be presented with a page containing a pre-defined list of items that require funding and are necessary for the operation of the track and its programming. Some of these items may not immediately come to mind when you think of “costs” associated with operating a velodrome. But regardless, they all have a price tag tied to them and are necessary for the velodrome to remain operational and provide programming for the public.
Thank you for supporting the National Sports Center Velodrome!