National Indoor BMX Arena
|Owner||City of Manchester|
|Construction cost||£24 million|
|Architect||Ellis Williams Architects|
|General contractor||Sir Robert McAlpine|
|Eastlands BMX Club|
The National Indoor BMX Arena is an indoor BMX racing stadium, located in Sportcity, Manchester, UK. The arena is situated next to the Manchester Velodrome and the buildings share a common entrance as part of the National Cycling Centre. The stadium cost £24 million, seats 2,000 spectators and is home to British Cycling.It was designed by Ellis Williams Architects, and built by contractors Sir Robert McAlpine.
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