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A City of Sports

The BT Paralympic World Cup took place in Manchester in 2011, but it was certainly not the first time the city has hosted a major international sporting event.

Manchester’s Sportcity was built for the 2002 Commonweath Games and the City of Manchester Stadium is now the home of Manchester City Football Club. Sportcity also has the National Squash Centre, the Manchester Regional Arena, English Institute of Sport, Manchester Velodrome and the Tennis Centre, as well as a gymnasium.

There are now more than 400 sporting events held at Sportcity every year.

The National Cycling Centre, or Velodrome, opened at the site in 1994 and is one of the busiest, finest and fastest board tracks in the world. It was expanded in July 2011 with the addition of a new £20 million indoor BMX track.

The National Cycling Centre’s general manager Jarl Walsh said: “This is the busiest and fastest track in the world.

“There is always something on here in every hour, whether it is schoolchildren or novices going onto the track, taster sessions, world Olympic champions, the British team train here, there is something for everyone basically.

“This is the National Cycling Centre but the facilities we have here enable us to be the perfect venue for other sports as well.”

The Pride Games, a festival aimed at the gay and lesbian community, takes place in venues around Manchester every year.

Manchester is also famous around the world for its major football clubs Manchester United and Manchester City.


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