Lexus Velodrome in Detroit deflates after strong wind knocked out power

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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.

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Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling is an award-winning investigative journalist who operated Motor City Muckraker, an online news site devoted to exposing abuses of power and holding public officials accountable. Neavling also hosted Muckraker Report on 910AM from September 2017 to July 2018. Before launching Motor City Muckraker,...
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