Major Taylor Velodrome
The Major Taylor Velodrome is an open-air cycling track in Indianapolis named for Marshall Taylor. The 333.34 meter long track with 28 degree banked turns and 9 degree straights. The Velodrome is located immediately north from Marian University campus and hosts the Marian University Cycling Team.
The Velodrome was opened in 1982, having been built at a cost of 2.5 million dollars. It was a facility required to host that year's National Sports Festival, with money coming from a partnership between the Indianapolis Parks and Recreation Department and the Lilly Endowment. It was the first building built with public money in Indianapolis to be named for a black person. The proposal to name the facility for Taylor came initially from Tom Healy, a writer for the Indianapolis News, who contacted Taylor's daughter, Sidney Taylor Brown. The two advocated among the city's business community and Mayor William H. Hudnut III.
It has played host to many national and international competitions, including the 1987 Pan American Games. In May 2011, Marian University took over operation of the Velodrome property, known as the Lake Sullivan Sports Complex.
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