Olympic Swim Trials: As Wave 1 wraps, officials expect bigger turnout in Wave 2
OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - The first wave of the Olympic Swim Trials will wrap up tonight with the finals. Qualifying swimmers will move onto Wave 2 and a shot at making the Olympic team.
Officials with the Omaha Sports Commission say things have gone well so far for the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials. They are happy to see people in town and actually watching the event in person.
“Really a dress rehearsal for us for Wave 2 but with a lot more at stake with a typical dress rehearsal. So it’s gone very well from COVID testing to all the way to the meets,” said Josh Todd, President of the Omaha Sports Commission.
The CHI Health Center can hold around 8,200 fans for swim meets but with the reduced capacity COVID safety restrictions, officials say the largest first wave crowd was on Saturday when about 1,500 tickets were sold.
Officials are expecting more fans for Wave 2. The increased number of swim fans will still be in town when the College World Series starts on June 19.
The overlap between the swim trials and the College World Series will happen on a weekend.
With downtown employees off for a couple of days, that will open up more parking for both baseball and swimming fans. Officials are hoping that extra parking will be needed as more fans show up for the Olympic qualifying rounds.
“We’re getting closer and closer to a sell-out with that reduced capacity. We’re about 65% capacity but we would love to sell it out, obviously, Omaha supports events. We have a lot at stake here with this year’s trial, we love to show our swimming friends that we still pack arenas even though we can’t truly have full capacity for this event.”
Omaha Sports Commission officials say they think it’s unlikely but if they sell out the reduced number of tickets, there is a possibility that more tickets will open up for the Olympic qualifying heats next week.
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