- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

BLAINE, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota’s only velodrome for bicycle racers will remain closed for now.

The board that oversees the National Sports Center in Blaine has voted down a proposal to authorize repairs for the aging, sharply banked wooden outdoor track. But board members indicated at Thursday night’s meeting that they would be receptive if an outside funding source could be found.

New estimates put the repair costs at about $75,000. The facility has also been operating with an annual operating deficit of about $45,000 to $50,000.

A new group, Friends of Velodrome Racing in Minnesota, is trying to raise money to save the 250-meter track, which was built in 1990 with an expected 20-year lifespan.

Fewer than 200 cyclists regularly compete at the velodrome. The nearest other velodrome is in Kenosha, Wis.

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