Greensboro 1 Of 4 Cities Left In Competition For 2016 Olympic Swim Trials

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Greensboro, NC - Greensboro is now among four cities that want to host the Olympic Swim Trials in 2016.

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

The Indiana Sports Corp. announced last week that Indianapolis will no longer be in the running to host the event, according to a report from the Indianapolis Star.

"The environment for the athletes at Olympic Trials is the highest priority of the United States Olympic Committee and USA Swimming. Lucas Oil Stadium is a fabulous facility and while the space is flexible to accommodate a number of sports and events other than football, it has proven to be challenging for creating an intimate swimming setting around the pool at this time," Mike Unger, USA Swimming assistant executive director, told the newspaper.

That leaves Omaha, St. Louis, San Antonio and Greensboro to compete for hosting privileges. Jacksonville was also competing to host the event, but withdrew from contention earlier in March, according to the Triad Business Journal

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.

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.

The Olympic Swim Trials is the largest swimming event in the country, the Journal reported. The Journal said that in 2012 164,000 people attended the eight day competition in Omaha.


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