National Indoor BMX Arena

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National Cycling Centre
National Indoor BMX Arena
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LocationBank Street
M11 4BT
Coordinates 53°29′07″N2°11′25″W / 53.48528°N 2.19028°W / 53.48528; -2.19028 Coordinates: 53°29′07″N2°11′25″W / 53.48528°N 2.19028°W / 53.48528; -2.19028
Owner City of Manchester
Capacity 2,000
OpenedAugust 2011
Construction cost£24 million
ArchitectEllis 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. [1] [2] It was designed by Ellis Williams Architects, and built by contractors Sir Robert McAlpine.

BMX racing

BMX racing is a type of off-road bicycle racing. The format of BMX was derived from motocross racing. BMX bicycle races are sprint races on purpose-built off-road single-lap race tracks. The track usually consists of a starting gate for up to eight racers, a groomed, serpentine, dirt race course made of various jumps and rollers and a finish line. The course is usually flat, about 15 feet (4.6 m) wide and has large banked corners that help the riders maintain speed. The sport of BMX racing is facilitated by a number of regional and international sanctioning bodies. They provide rules for sanctioning the conduct of the flying, specify age group and skill-level classifications among the racers, and maintain some kind of points-accumulation system over the racing season. The sport is very family oriented and largely participant-driven, with riders ranging in age from 2 to 70, and over. Professional ranks exist for both men and women, where the age ranges from 18 to 40 years old.


Sportcity in Manchester was used to host the 2002 Commonwealth Games. It is in east Manchester, a mile from Manchester city centre, and was developed on former industrial land including the site of Bradford Colliery.

Manchester City and metropolitan borough in England

Manchester is a major city and metropolitan borough in Greater Manchester, England, with a population of 545,500 as of 2017. It lies within the United Kingdom's second-most populous urban area, with a population of 2.7 million, and third-most populous metropolitan area, with a population of 3.3 million. It is fringed by the Cheshire Plain to the south, the Pennines to the north and east, and an arc of towns with which it forms a continuous conurbation. The local authority for the city is Manchester City Council.



The arena hosted the first round of the 2013 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in April 2013. [3]

The 2013 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup is a multi–race tournament over a season of BMX racing organised by the Union Cycliste Internationale. The season runs from 19 April to 28 September 2013. In this edition the World Cup consists of four rounds in Manchester, Santiago del Estero, Papendal and Chula Vista.

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National Indoor BMX Arena during the 2013 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup

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