Did you hear the water-ful news? Indianapolis is officially the host of the 2024 USA Olympic Swimming Trials — in partnership with USA Swimming + Indiana Sports Corp.
📣 The announcement
Indiana Sports Corp announced yesterday that Lucas Oil Stadium will be transformed for the event to be held on a football field for the first time ever.
The last time Indianapolis hosted the Olympic Trials for swimming was back in 2000. However, 2024 will mark the 100-year anniversary since Indianapolis hosted the trials for the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris.
“Indianapolis continues to solidify its place as the top host city in the country,” Mayor Joe Hogsett said during the Tuesday announcement.
🏅 The event
The trials in Indianapolis June 2024 will be the sole selection meet to determine the 2024 US Olympic Swimming Team, which will represent Team USA in Paris, France.
The nine-day event will be made possible at Lucas Oil Stadium with three temporary pools (two 50-meter + one 25-meter) installed over the football field. And with all the excitement of the event’s return, USA Swimming and Indiana Sports Corp plan to create a city-wide festival throughout the course of the event to celebrate the sport of swimming.
🌊 Its effects
Not only will all eyes be on Indianapolis, but this event is expected to make a huge economic impact in return. Prior to the pandemic, the 2016 Olympic Trials drew nearly 200,000 spectators across 15 sold-out sessions, more than 36 million television viewers watched live, and the event generated more than $74 million in economic impact for the city of Omaha.
USA Swimming + Indiana Sports Corp will be making waves with this event, literally. As part of the hosting partnership, the two organizations will commit a total of $400,000 to Legacy Projects to ensure increased access to water for children in underserved areas of the Indianapolis region.