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Aug 22, 2012

The Home Depot Center to become an Official U.S. Paralympic Training Site

As the world preps for the 2012 Paralympic Games, AEG Facilities' Multi-Sport Venue to add 'Paralympic' to its Olympic Training Site Designation

As the world preps for the 2012 Paralympic Games, AEG Facilities' Multi-Sport Venue to add 'Paralympic' to its Olympic Training Site Designation

CARSON, CA (August 22, 2012) - The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and AEG Facilities' The Home Depot Center jointly announced that the 125-acre multi-sport facility will add 'Paralympic' to its designation and will become an Official U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Site. The Carson-based facility received its original Olympic Training Site designation when it opened in 2003.

\"We are thrilled to be adding the Paralympic Training Site Designation to the existing Olympic Designation and appreciate The Home Depot Center's continued support of the USOC, NGBs and their athletes,\" said Alicia McConnell, USOC Director Training Sites and Community Partnerships. \"Their world class facilities provide critical training and competition venues for America's finest athletes.\"

Since the facility's opening in 2003, the venue has been the training home, while hosting international competitions and events, associated with the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), United States Tennis Association (USTA) and USA Cycling and Para-cycling. In January, The Home Depot Center's indoor velodrome, the VELO Sports Center, hosted the 2012 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships; the venue's first-ever Para-cycling competition and its first World Championships since 2004.

The USA Para-cycling National Team has been training in Carson since 2007, including the 16 athletes named to the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Cycling Team competing in London next week. In total, more than 50 Paralympic athletes have trained at the VELO Sports Center, averaging 50 training days per year.

\"For the past few years, the VELO Sports Center has been a training hub for Paralympic cyclists, and we're glad to make our relationship with the national team official,\" said The Home Depot Center General Manager Katie Pandolfo. \"Since this facility opened, we have been proud supporters of the Olympic movement, and we are thrilled and honored to welcome U.S. Paralympics to our Carson family.\"

The 2012 Paralympic Games open on Wed., Aug. 29 and run through Sept. 9. Coverage is available on the U.S. Paralympics YouTube Channel, as well as the NBC Sports Network throughout the Games.

About The Home Depot Center

The Home Depot Center is southern California's home of world-class competition and training facilities for amateur, Olympic, collegiate and professional athletes. The $150 million, privately financed facility was developed and is owned by AEG and operated by AEG Facilities on a 125-acre site on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) in Carson, California. The Home Depot Center features an 8,000-seat tennis and boxing stadium, a 27,000-seat stadium for soccer, rugby and other athletic competitions and outdoor concerts, a 2,000-seat facility for track & field and a 2,450-seat indoor Velodrome for track cycling. The Home Depot Center is home to two Major League Soccer teams, the Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas USA. Named an Official U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Site, The Home Depot Center is also home of the United States Tennis Association's (USTA) High Performance Training Center, the national team training headquarters for the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) and Athletes' Performance, an international training center for elite and professional athletes. For more information, please visit www.homedepotcenter.com.

--www.homedepotcenter.com on the campus of www.csudh.edu--


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