The new BMX Supercross Facility under construction in Oldsmar is not for the faint of heart. With its titled “Elite Ramp” nearly three stories high, this hair-raising track is sure to draw crowds when it opens.
“We expect the project to be completed by late July,” says Ahmad Erchid, President of Tampa Bay Construction and Engineering, Inc
, whose team is working on the $2 million project.
The completion of the project is timed for hosting "Gator Nationals'' in October, the inaugural North American BMX Supercross series by USA BMX. Oldsmar is one of only four American cities selected to host the event October 16-17th.
Funding for the quarter-mile track and facility was obtained through a $1.2 million grant to the city of Oldsmar
from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. The rest of the funding for the project is coming from the city itself.
For those driving or walking by the track, located at 3120 Tampa Road, it is hard not to notice the gargantuan size of the ramps as construction moves along.
"This is completely unlike any other project we’ve done, but it’s been really exciting so far,” says Erchid. “This is definitely one of the most engaging projects we have ever tackled, and it’s awesome to think that the national supercross tournament will be held in it in just a few months. We’re just as excited as the rest of Oldsmar to finish the track and look forward to serving our community with our best product.”
For more information on the supercross series you can visit the USA BMX website