Monday, December 13, 2021

Lexus Velodrome in Detroit deflates after strong wind knocked out power

Posted By on Mon, Dec 13, 2021 at 3:21 PM

click to enlarge The Lexus Velodrome in Detroit deflated after wind knocked out power. - STEVE NEAVLING
  • Steve Neavling
  • The Lexus Velodrome in Detroit deflated after wind knocked out power.

The $4.5 million Lexus Velodrome in Detroit collapsed early Monday morning after high winds caused “a catastrophic power failure.”

The large white dome deflated, puncturing holes in the roof.



“We have suffered a catastrophic power failure resulting in the dome losing pressure and collapsing,” the velodrome said on Facebook. “No injuries to riders or staff, as the failure happened before open hours. We are working tirelessly to manage this issue and we appreciate your patience.”

The 64,000-square-foot velodrome is at Mack Avenue just west of I-75. When it opened in December 2018, it was only the second indoor cycle-racing track in the country.

click to enlarge Lexus Velodrome. - JORDAN BUZZY
  • Jordan Buzzy
  • Lexus Velodrome.

In addition to cycling events, the velodrome is used for walking, running, and weight training.

The incident called to mind the 1985 collapse at the former Pontiac Silverdome, which deflated following a heavy snowfall.

That roof also collapsed during a thunderstorm in 1976.

Stay connected with Detroit Metro Times. Subscribe to our newsletters, and follow us on Google News, Apple News, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Reddit.

Tags: , , , , , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 12, 2022

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit

© 2022 Detroit Metro Times - Contact Us

Website powered by Foundation