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Tulsa County Gets Involved in BMX Vision Pitch

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Tulsa city and county leaders appear to be coming together to bring a national sports organization here.

Officials propose giving USA BMX land at the fairgrounds, which would cut the cost of the project by more than half. Tulsa Sports Commission Director Vince Trinidad said old Drillers Stadium and the vacant health department building would be part of the deal.

"That county health building has some great bones," Trinidad said. "That's a great structure overall. Yes, it hasn't been used in awhile, but the individuals we've had that have gone in there that do reconstruction and refurbishing certainly see the potential in that."

The City of Tulsa got a $45 million Vision pitch to build the headquarters near 71st Street and Riverside. Putting USA BMX at the fairgrounds would likely cut the Vision funding needed to less than $20 million.

"When they came through and asked about what projects could be visionary, this was first and foremost in my mind in terms of visionary sports projects," Trinidad said.

Tulsa has hosted the world’s largest BMX championship for the last 15 years. USA BMX is currently headquartered in Chandler, Ariz., about 20 miles southeast of Phoenix.