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Olympic Velodrome, Rome

Velodromo Olimpico
Location Viale della Tecnica /
Viale dell'Oceano Pacifico
00144 Roma
Owner CONI - Comune di Roma
Construction
Broke ground 10 August 1957
Opened 30 April 1960
Closed 1968
Demolished 24 July 2008
Construction cost £ 1.050.000.000

The Olympic Velodrome (Italian: Velodromo Olimpico) was a sports venue located in Rome, Italy. Constructed for the 1960 Summer Olympics, it hosted the track cycling and field hockey events.

The velodrome was constructed between 1957 and early 1960. Soon after it was built problems were found, as water was draining away the foundations on one side of the velodrome. Concrete was injected into the foundations, which solved the problem only temporarily. It was last used for competition in 1968, when it hosted the UCI Track Cycling World Championships.[1] After this it was abandoned, until it was imploded on 24 July 2008.

References

  • 1960 Summer Olympics official report. Volume 1. pp. 72, 74-5.
  • The abandoned velodrome in 2006
  • Liveleak.com video of the velodrome's 2008 implosion.
  1. ^ "Velodrome in Rome". http://christoph.wernli.org. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
Preceded by
Olympic Stadium
Amsterdam
UCI Track Cycling World Championships
Venue

1968
Succeeded by
Sportpaleis
Antwerp
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