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Jan 19, 2012

The Home Depot Center Velodrome to host second installment of the USA vs. Canada Showdown racing series

Home Depot Center News

CARSON, CALIFORNIA (Thursday, January 19, 2012) - AEG Facilities' Home Depot Center Velodrome will host the second installment of the USA vs. Canada Showdown Series on Sunday, January 22 at 6 p.m. The series will pit national team riders from the U.S. and Canadian National Teams in both sprint and endurance races in a free-to-the-public evening event.

The U.S. and Canadian National Teams are in training residency at The Home Depot Center Velodrome, and the racing series will provide an opportunity for the teams to augment their training programs in a competitive and spirited environment. The national team race lineup includes men's and women's sprint competitions. Other races during the evening include an invitational points race, Madison and exhibition kids racing.

USA national team riders expected to participate include sprint Olympians Giddeon Massie and Michael Blachford, along with eight other U.S. National Team riders to contest the men's and women's sprint competitions. Canada's Stephane Cossette returns to racing after a major accident. He will be joined by Commonwealth Games medalist Travis Smith, and five other members of the Canadian National Team.

The two-hour exhibition is free to the public, and will offer food and beverages for purchase, including burgers, hot dogs, soda and beer. For more information and a complete race schedule, please visit homedepotcenter.com.

The Home Depot Center Velodrome and Event Center is part of the campus' 125-acre multi-sport facility that is an Official U.S. Olympic Training Site and home to USA Cycling's National Track Cycling Team. The 2,450-seat indoor Velodrome boasts a 250-meter track and infield that features two indoor basketball courts and five volleyball courts. In addition to track cycling, the center hosts basketball, volleyball and tae kwon do tournaments, youth sports clinics, and was transformed into an indoor skateboard park for the 2006 X 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 Home Depot Center is owned by AEG and operated by AEG Facilities, an international sports, entertainment and venue organization that works with more than 100 of the world's most elite facilities across the globe. The Home Depot Center is a 125-acre multi-sport complex that sits on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) and features an 8,000-seat tennis stadium, a 27,000-seat stadium for soccer 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 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.


Alison Groendal Salcedo // [email protected]