Omaha is among six cities in the running to host the 2016 U.S. Olympic Swim Trials.
The cities in contention are Greensboro, NC, Indianapolis, IN, Jacksonville, FL, Omaha, NE, St. Louis, MO, and San Antonio, TX.
USA Swimming is coming off a year in which it saw its most successful Trials event in history. The 2012 Olympic Swim Trials, held in Omaha, saw over 164,000 fans in attendance and the eight-days of competition were broadcast live on NBC television every night.
The bid city evaluation period will run through the end of April and will include site visits to select finalist locations. An internal evaluation team from USA Swimming, along with an outside member of the USA Swimming board, will visit each location and select finalists from the group. In addition to reviewing the bids and making site visits, this team will ask follow-up questions of each city and evaluate all information and responses before ultimately making a recommendation to USA Swimming Executive Director, the USA Swimming Board of Directors, and the USOC.
“We are thrilled to begin this process and are excited to see what these cities have to offer,” said Mike Unger, USA Swimming Assistant Executive Director. “The Olympic Trials is the marquee swimming event in the U.S. and has grown into an amazing sports event. We are truly excited to continue to enhance the event and make it even more spectacular in 2016.”
Of the bid cities, only two have previously hosted the event – Indianapolis and Omaha. Indianapolis hosted Trials in 1952 (women only), 1984, 1992, 1996 and 2000, while Omaha played host to the event in 2008 and 2012.