Newark Velodrome

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Newark Velodrome
Location South Orange Avenue
Newark, New Jersey
Capacity 12,500
Surface Wood (Track), Grass (Infield)
Construction
Opened 1907
Demolished 1930
Tenants
Various Cycling Events (1907-1930)
Newark Tornadoes (NFL) (1930)

The Newark Velodrome was a bicycle track located on South Orange Avenue in Newark, New Jersey. It measured six laps to the mile, or over 300 yards around. The track was built in 1907. The Newark Tornadoes of the National Football League also played several "home" games on the tracks grassy infield, during the 1930 season, while the other "home" games were played at Newark Schools Stadium.

Football[edit]

The Tornadoes played 2 NFL games at the Velodrome in 1930. The first NFL game held there was on October 19. During that game the Tornadoes lost to the Brooklyn Dodgers, 14-0. A second game came a week later on October 26, when the team lost to the Staten Island Stapletons, 6-0.

Cycling[edit]

In 1912, the world cycling championships were established in Newark. The event was sanctioned by the Union Cycliste Internationale, the world governing body for the cycling sport. The 1912 event was estimated to draw 20,000 fans, even though the seating capacity of the venue was just 12,500. Frank Louis Kramer won a gold medal at the venue that year.[1] Australian cyclist, Reggie McNamara set five world records from one to 25 miles at the velodrome in 1915, 1916 and 1917.

Demolished[edit]

The Newark Velodrome closed in 1930 after its lease expired. It was soon demolished that same year.

See also[edit]

Preceded by
Newark Schools Stadium
Home of the Orange A.C.- Orange/Newark Tornadoes
1930
Succeeded by
Knights of Columbus Stadium

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Champion Captures Feature Event from Grenda and Perchicot at Newark Velodrome". New York Times. September 23, 1912. Retrieved 2010-10-03. "The one-mile double century race, which was won by Frank L. Kramer, was the feature event of the bicycle races yesterday at the Newark Velodrome. After fifteen elimination heats and three semi-finals, Kramer, Alfred Grenda of Australia, and A. Perchicot of France were left to fight out the final, and the contest furnished all that the cycle fans could wish for in the way of spectacular riding." 

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