TULSA, Okla. — The headquarters for Olympic-level B-M-X training is on its way to Tulsa.
USA, BMX finalized an agreement with the city to move from Phoenix, to a spot just outside Tulsa’s downtown.
This site has been idle for decades…once considered but rejected for the ballpark, now it’s turning into a headquarters and indoor stadium.
The site is anything but exciting now, but the potential is there for this rusting relic of manufacturing to become a destination for extreme sports.
USA BMX already visits Tulsa with championships at the fairgrounds. And after success there, decided to make Tulsa a permanent home.
“So rather than just being here 2 times a year they will be here year round generating activity, and they will be training kids and doing camps, so kids within 8 hours of here will be trailing bicycles here, with families and showing up to Tulsa,” says Roy Hoyt with the Tulsa Sports Commission.
USA BMX plans to build on a corner of the Evans-Fintube site that covers 22 acres once used for manufacturing.
Taxpayers are investing $15 million dollars from the Vision tax, with the expectation of at least 20,000 visitors a year and an $11 million impact over 5 years.
The commitment from USA BMX is their headquarters for 30 years, the BMX Hall of Fame, and an indoor stadium with tracks for amateurs and Olympians.
“It will be the largest indoor BMX track in the U-S so we’re excited about that.”
The Evans-Fintube Building will be demolished. The larger Oklahoma Iron Works Building rebuilt as part of the still developing plan.
BMX will need about 4 acres – leaving a much larger section open for development.
It’s part of a larger strategy for the city – that includes other cycling events like Tulsa Tough – to make Tulsa more of a destination for extreme cycling.
The work to clear what needs to go – and build what’s coming is planned to start this fall.
(KOTV for CBS News)