Mayor Ron Huldai unveiled the new Sylvan Adams Velodrome on the eve of the international cycling tournament, the Giro d’Italia, which took place in Israel in May.
Three international cycling champions officially inaugurated the brand new track, which was certified for Olympic standards. The 250 meter track will seat 620 spectators and cost 70 million shekel ($19 million). It was built from 900 tons of steel, 17,000 connecting plates and 100,000 screws.
The Velodrome was named in honor of Sylvan Adams in light of his philanthropy and efforts to promote professional cycling in Israel. Mr Adams, referring to the cyclists from Bahrain and the UAE who travelled to Israel for the Giro d’Italia, lauded the ability of “sport to lay the groundwork for being good neighbors and bringing nations together”.
As well as thrusting Tel Aviv onto the world stage, these events demonstrated the opportunities donors have to effect real, positive change in Tel-Aviv – and beyond.