USA BMX “Epicenter” May Have Found a Home

July 5, 2017 by  

US Steel Evans-Fintube Site - Tulsa, OK
Last month, BMX News reported that contractural conflicts arising from soft drink “pour rights” at the Tulsa Fairgrounds had effectively ended the plan to bring the USA BMX “Epicenter” facility to Expo Square, site of the annual USA BMX Grand National.

In a release, USA BMX CEO, BA Anderson, assured the BMX community that other sites were under consideration, and that Tulsa was still the planned future home to the USA BMX Headquarters, plus a dual-hill track and training facility, the National BMX Hall of Fame Museum, and other support facilities (which we have taken to call, collectively, the USA BMX “Epicenter”).

Today, in a mid-day news conference, Tulsa Mayor, G.T. Bynum and other city officials announced that the former site of US Steel’s “Evans-Fintube” division would be explored as a potential site for the facility.

The Fintube site is located just North of downtown Tulsa in the Greenwood District of the city. Tulsa City Councilor Vanessa Hall-Harper addressed a bank of 6-10 local media at the press event, spoke very enthusiastically about bringing BMX to her district, plus the positive impact on her constituents, and the City of Tulsa, as a whole.

Operating as a steel foundry from 1939 to 1962, the facility was said, by Mayor Bynum, to have produced much of the steel used to build downtown Tulsa. As of last year, the 23-acre site was said, in news reports, to need as much as $3 Million in environmental cleanup.

As a city-owned property, Tulsa has been on the hunt for a suitable developer for the site for many years. Back in 2013 then-Tulsa Economic Director, Clay Bird, said “It’s big, vacant abandoned warehouses,” Bird said. “It could be repurposed for something really cool.”

Well, BMX has that covered, for sure. Nothing is solidified at this stage, but today’s news conference was a nod toward the fact that the project is still active and viable, both in the eyes of Tulsa leaders, and at present-day USA BMX HQ in Arizona.

BMX News will keep you posted on developments relating to the Epicenter facility, as they unfold.

—Mike Carruth

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