Lucas Oil Could Be First "Stadium" To Host U.S. Swimming Trials
The Indiana Sports Corp. is “bidding to bring the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials to Indianapolis for the fifth time,” hoping to host the event at Lucas Oil Stadium in '16, according to Anthony Schoettle of the INDIANAPOLIS BUSINESS JOURNAL. If Indianapolis’ bid is successful it would be the “first time the event is held in a stadium and likely would be the biggest, most lucrative U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials ever.” Italy-based Myrtha Pools, a USA Swimming and FINA sponsor, would “likely supply the pools to be constructed on the stadium floor” if the bid wins. The event “would cost about $5 million” to host. USA Swimming is “expected to select a host city in May.” Bids were due Dec. 21, and though USA Swimming “hasn’t yet disclosed who has bid, sources within the sport said Jacksonville, Fla.; Louisville; Omaha; San Antonio; St. Louis; and Indianapolis are expected to be top contenders” (INDIANAPOLIS BUSINESS JOURNAL, 1/7 issue).