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Outdoor center gets 3 sponsors, on-site medical care

The future Rock Hill Outdoor Center has three official sponsors - two of which will provide free on-site medical treatment for events held at the BMX/Supercross trail and the Giordana Velodrome.

Rock Hill City Council approved sponsorship agreements Monday night with Piedmont Medical Center, Presbyterian Healthcare and Carolinas HealthCare System.

Representatives for each entity have agreed to 10-year sponsorships.

The $4 million center is set to open next year, featuring 250 acres of trails, athletic complexes, a mountain bike course, and BMX/Supercross and Cyclocross tracks at Riverwalk, located off Cherry Road near the Catawba River.

One of the largest components of the center will be the velodrome, a world-class cycling center opening early next year with 40-degree embankments.

Carolinas HealthCare has agreed to pay $100,000 throughout the next five years, asking it be known as the second founding partner of the center.

Representatives have agreed to provide medical services for up to six events per year at the velodrome at no cost to the city.

Presbyterian will pay $150,000 over the next seven years for naming rights to the BMX/Supercross track. Representatives have agreed to be the exclusive health care provider for all events at the track at no cost to the city.

The on-site medical treatment provided by the two health care companies would be at no cost to the participants either, said Laurie Helms, marketing coordinator for the city's Parks, Recreation and Tourism department.

Piedmont will pay $150,000 over five years for the sponsorship and will submit a name for the 2.25-mile trail at Riverwalk.

The trail opened last year and sees at least 9,000 visitors per month, city officials have said.

City officials have also expressed hope that the center, once complete, will be a draw for the $600 million Riverwalk, a planned 1,000-acre development that would include townhomes, single-family homes, businesses and a business park.

It is expected to be completed in 20 years.