Houston, home of next year’s Super Bowl and World Corporate Games, recently won the bid to host Union Cycliste Internationale’s 2020 BMX World Championships. The event rolls into town May 26-31 at North Houston Bike Park, a 20-acre facility set to debut in fall 2017.
“North Houston Bike Park is going to be revolutionary in action sports,” predicts Bernard Anderson, CEO of USA BMX.
The venue is part of a 30-acre extreme sports complex including a world-class BMX racetrack, concrete vert features, a street course, pump tracks, a tot track, bike trails and an outdoor events center. It will be able to accommodate more than 3,500 attendees.
The BMX facility will be a welcome addition to a city that already has the largest skate park in North American—North Houston Skate Park—which has drawn 120,000 people this year.
Houston continues to use sports to spur development. A Marriott Marquis will open later this year just in time for the 2017 Super Bowl, the second time Houston will host the NFL’s marquee event. Additionally, George R. Brown Convention Center has been renovated, making it a worthy venue for indoor sports championships. The Marriott and the 1,200-room Hilton Americas-Houston add up to 2,200 rooms connected to the convention center.
In 2016, Houston hosted the Final Four, and in 2015, IWF World Weightlifting Championships were held there.