BMX world comes to Tulsa for Thanksgiving, ready to call Green Country home

Posted at 6:17 PM, Nov 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-21 19:17:28-05

The USA BMX Grand Nationals is an exciting annual tradition for thousands from around the world. This Thanksgiving, the BMX community converges on Tulsa. By this time next year, the BMX community will be calling Green Country home.

"In our world of BMX racing, Tulsa is everything," said USA BMX C.O.O. John David. Tulsa is Thanksgiving. Tulsa is home."

Once a year, the Expo Square is transformed with 500 dump trucks of dirt. The sport's year-long circuit culminates in a three-day, 3,000-racer thanksgiving tradition.

"You don’t really get it unless you’re in the sport, but it really comes down to this," Amy Haywood of Rival Racing in Indianapolis said. "It’s like the Super Bowl for BMX."

Amy Haywood and her family are spending Thanksgiving here in Tulsa. They made the 10-hour drive from Indianapolis together for the weekend. 

"I think you can tell by how passionate I am how much we really love Tulsa," John David said. "Because we do, because you guys treat us so well."

David says by this time next year, what are now just renderings will become brand-new facility to hold the new headquarters for USA BMX. He says it will make a fitting addition to a city that holds a huge annual tradition.