The newly built velodrome at the Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex was inaugurated in New Delhi today.
The new velodrome has been constructed at the cost of Rs. 150 crore to suit the latest international requirements of track events for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
It is fully covered, air-conditioned and has a 250-metre long timber track with a seating capacity of 3800.
The entire stadium with its unique structural system, unique geometry of seating bowl, state-of-the-art electrical and mechanical services and marvelous architectural features, was constructed in a record time of 17 months by the Central Public Works Department.
The velodrome has been certified by UCI as a Category 1 Cycling Velodrome.
In his communication to the Sports Authority of India, UCI Vice President, Ray Godkin said: “The Delhi Velodrome is an absolutely marvelous facility of the highest standard and on completion probably would only be surpassed by the Beijing Olympic Velodrome.”
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