TULSA, Okla. — After a nearly five year delay, work is finally starting on the USA BMX Headquarters in Tulsa.
Thousands of fans already come to Tulsa each year for BMX events. Now that number could grow with the new facility.
BMX and city officials broke ground on the $23 million site Friday morning. It will also be home to the National BMX Hall of Fame Museum and the Hardesty National Track Stadium. Tulsa Regional Chamber CEO and President, Mike Neal, said it will bring in thousands of people and millions of dollars to Tulsa.
“The Grand Nationals that they will have here every year has a $50 million economic impact to our city and region," he said.
The news is especially big for the local athletes. Jason Broadaway has been a BMX racer for more than 30 years. He says the new world class training facility is exciting.
“Tulsa’s a bike town," Broadaway said. "So this is just one more aspect of making it a more cycling-friendly town. And the amount of world-class athletes we already have living here, riding bikes, this will just add to that.”
For those who don’t know anything about BMX, this will be an opportunity to introduce them to the sport.
“It’s such a good way into cycling for everybody," Broadaway said. "And it’s something you can do for your whole life. I’m 46-years-old and I still do it. So it’s something you can stick with for a long time.”
The headquarters will be located on 12 and a half acres at the former Evans-Fintube site. It is expected to open in 2021.
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