The Indiana Sports Corp. and USA Swimming this week are expected to announce that Indianapolis will host the 2024 U.S. Olympic Swim Trials.
The city’s selection for the event was confirmed to IBJ by two sources familiar with the situation. They requested anonymity because they aren’t authorized to speak publicly about the announcement.
An announcement is set for Tuesday at Lucas Oil Stadium featuring local sports officials, city leaders and business executives.
The speakers include Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett; Indiana Sports Corp. President Ryan Vaughn; USA Swimming President & CEO Tim Hinchey III; Horizon League Commissioner Julie Roe Lach; Olympic medalist Lilly King; and One America chairman, president and CEO, Scott Davison; and executive vice president Karin Sarratt.
The trials are typically held in June of an Olympics year, with the 2024 Games scheduled for Paris. Indianapolis is expected to hold the event inside Lucas Oil Stadium, through an assemblage of temporary pools similar in nature to the one built inside then-Conseco Fieldhouse for the 2004 FINA World Championships.
The Indianapolis Star in June 2021 reported Indiana Sports Corp. put forth a bid proposing seating for up to 35,000 fans, in a setup similar to the one used for 2021 NCAA men’s basketball games at Lucas Oil, with pools on either side of a large curtain—one for competition, the other for warm-ups.
Indianapolis last hosted the U.S. swim trials in 2000 at the IUPUI Natatorium and is the most frequent host of the event. It’s hosted six trials in the past 100 years. Those include the women’s trials in 1924 and 1952 at Broad Ripple Pool, and the men’s and women’s trials at the Natatorium in 1984, 1992, 1996 and 2000.
The past four Olympic trials have been held in Omaha (2008, 2012, 2016 and 2021), and in 2004 the event was held in Long Beach, California.
Omaha was among three others cities were competing to host the 2024 trials. The others were Minneapolis and St. Louis.