Greensboro On List of Cities Interested In Hosting 2016 Olympic Swimming Trials

4:56 PM, Jan 15, 2013   |    comments
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Greensboro, N.C. -- World-famous athletes. Millions of dollars flooding into our economy. Visitors from all over the world.
The prize: hosting the 2016 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials.

Our competition is strong. Greensboro is up against cities like Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Omaha, St. Louis and San Antonio.

If the Triad wins, the Olympics will hire a company from Italy to build a swimming pool inside the Coliseum. It would be nine-feet deep and hold more than 400,000 gallons of water. They can build it in just five days. They would also build another pool inside the special events center

The aquatic center would be used for family fun and entertainment, something that's become increasingly important to the Olympic committee when it looks for sites to hold trials.

"We have had so much momentum lately. The success we've had this first year has been second to none in this industry," Greensboro Aquatic Center Manager Susan Braman said.

Community leaders have spent months preparing a top secret file for the Olympic Committee. We can't show you what's inside because the competition between cities is so fierce. However, Olympic officials will likely visit Greensboro in the next few months for a tour before they make a decision.

"Come on, Greensboro. Let's do it. I'm proud that we're in the hunt as it is right now," Greensboro Convention and Visitors Bureau President Henri Fourrier said.

The committee will make its final decision in April. The last city to host was Omaha. People from the Triad were there, watching to see how they hosted the event and looking for ways the Triad could improve it.

If selected, Greensboro could see a $30-35 million economic impact. Plus, you can't buy the kind of national exposure the city would get for hosting a worldwide event like this.

This would be one of the biggest events ever for the Coliseum and the city of Greensboro.

 

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