Mondo and Kiefer U.S.A. chosen to provide innovative hydraulic banked track for the Norton Sports Health Athletics and Learning Complex
Once again, a Mondo track has been chosen for an important track and field facility. This time, it’s the Norton Sports Health Athletics and Learning Complex in Louisville, Kentucky, which is part of the Louisville Urban League redevelopment project in Louisville’s Russell neighborhood. When complete, the complex will feature a state-of-the-art Mondo hydraulic banked track with a Mondotrack WS track surface—the official track of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Mondo was the first company to produce a variable hydraulic banking track, and the company continues to lead this market: The innovative track going into the Norton Sports Health Athletics and Learning Complex is the evolution of a Mondo system that was installed for the first time in 1987.
The push of a button will raise the curves of the complex’s 200-meter track in minutes to the desired height for competitions or training sessions. When lowered, the track will be flush with the surrounding surface, so the entire area can be used for other sports or activities. The ease of use in setting any desired incline makes the track extremely versatile and ideal for athletes of all levels.
Greg Fischer, Louisville mayor, and Sadiqa Reynolds, president and CEO of Louisville Urban League, have spoken several times about the impact the 24-acre redevelopment project will have on the community.
“This project will activate a vacant lot, bring investment and jobs to the Russell neighborhood and serve as a healthy outlet for youth and adults from across our country,” Fischer has said.
“This project is about more than sports,” Reynolds has said. “It is about economic opportunity, families traveling into our community with disposable income and the jobs and organic growth that will happen as a result of this catalytic project.”
Slated to be completed by the end of 2020, the complex is designed to host USA Track and Field and NCAA sporting events, as well as scholastic track and field competitions, and local and regional track teams. Kiefer U.S.A., a leader in the supply and installation of athletic surfacing, will head the team installing the Mondo track.