Rock Hill secures spot as host site for 2015 BMX World Cup Finals

Posted August 12, 2014 5:27 pm | Filed under Featured, Local News

Rock Hill has landed yet another major amateur sports tournament — the second in a row at the yet-to-be-opened BMX Supercross Track on the Riverwalk campus.

The event, coming September 25-26, 2015, will bring 200 athletes from across and another 5,000 spectators to Rock Hill for the weekend tournament.

The 2015 event in Rock Hill will be the first time the World Cup Finals will come to Rock Hill. Previously, the event has been held on the only other Olympic-sized facility in Chula Vista, Calif.

“This is another great step in shaping the strong history of sports tourism in Rock Hill,” Mayor Doug Echols said. “This race will provide fans from all parts of the east coast an opportunity to witness a BMX Supercross event up close and interact with Olympic hopefuls.”

The athletes will be competing for point totals and a chance to be a part of Team USA in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

But the tournament and facility itself also show off new opportunities for families in Rock Hill, said Rock Hill Sports Commission chairman John Gettys.

This is just a really good way to open our door — to boys and girls –and give them the opportunity to realize that you don’t have to be the fastest kid with a football under your arm or the fastest kid pitching to a baseball diamond,” Gettys said.

The Novant Health BMX Supercross Track is slated to open August 23.