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ROCK HILL, S.C. -- Rock Hill leaders say their newest athletic venue will attract thousands of people and millions of dollars to the city.

The new velodrome opening Saturday represents a major investment by the City of Rock Hill, one that they say will have a huge benefit in the future.

It sits right here by I-77. It s a part of our community, so we're very excited about seeing the growth, said Rock Hill mayor Doug Echols.

Mayor Echols and other Rock Hill leaders hope people come out to the crown jewel of the Riverwalk project.

The world class 250-meter cycling track is called the Giordana Velodrome officially, and the track sits at an area which also includes a BMX super course, canoe and kayak access to the Catawba River and walking trails.

It's all part of the 1,000 acres of land that will one day have homes and businesses.

The Assured Group is developing that part of the project through a partnership with the city, and while that development may be years away, the Velodrome is here and the city hopes to see the financial reward.

We have projected just with cycling amenities alone $9 million yearly economic impact. So once you get that developed (we) fully expect to see that kind of economic impact, Echols added.

The public will have the chance to come out and enjoy the velodrome this weekend. IT will also host the USA Cycling 2012 and 2013 International Omnium Track National Championship.

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