USA Swimming and the USOPC will refund all previously-sold tickets for the 2021 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials and re-sell tickets as part of its COVID-safety protocols.
Per USA Swimming, a new venue seating map was configured to ensure safe competition and to mitigate COVID-19 infection spread. This new seating map has reduced daily session attendance to 50% capacity, with spectators in ‘pods’ of 2, 4, or 6 individuals that are distanced from other seating ‘pods.’ Given that tickets sold for the June 2020 Trials had surpassed 90% capacity, they’ve decided to completely refund all tickets and then begin a reselling process on April 16.
Wave II tickets are the first to go to market, with the pre-sale opening next Friday the 16th. Pre-sale for Wave II daily and all-session passes are for original 2020 Trials ticket-holders only.
Check out the whole timeline below:
OLYMPIC TRIALS TICKET RESALE TIMELINE
- Friday, April 16 – All-Session tickets pre-sale opens for Wave II
- Wednesday, April 21 – All-Session tickets for Wave II released to public
- Friday, April 23 – Daily tickets pre-sale opens for Wave II
- Monday, April 26 – Daily tickets for Wave I and II released to public
Tickets will only be sold in groups of 2, 4, or 6, meaning individual ticket buyers or odd-numbered ticket buyers will have to either bring a friend, or purchase an extra seat that will be left empty.
New tickets will be sold on Ticketmaster outlets or online at ticketmaster.com/swimtrials20. Tickets will also be sold in physically distanced pods of two, four or six; fans can purchase up to six tickets for each session and tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Hotels reservations for Wave I, which runs from June 4-7, 2021, will open to teams and the general public on April 7 at 10 a.m. CT, by visiting: visitomaha.com/swim.
Wave I tickets will only be sold as daily individual passes. Under the new scheme for the 2021 Olympic Trials announced in February, faster ‘Wave II’ standards were created, splitting the Olympic Trials meet into two events: a meet for the faster of the qualifiers and a meet for the slower of the qualifiers.
The top 2 finishers in each event at the slower Wave I meet advance to the Wave II meet 2 weeks later.
This created some issues where families of participants had Wave II tickets, but their athlete was now competing in Wave I. That problem will be solved by the full-scale refund.
Wave I meet tickets are only being sold as single-day passes, with the expectation that interest will be primarily from families and friends of participating athletes.
As the vaccine rollout continues to ramp up nationwide, neither a vaccine nor a negative COVID-19 test will be required for spectators to enter the arena, though these are both strongly encouraged by USA Swimming.
FULL USA SWIMMING PRESS RELEASE
Following the January 2021 announcement that the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Swimming would be split into two events, with Wave I on June 4-7, 2021 and Wave II on June 13-20, 2021, USA Swimming, the Omaha Sports Commission and the host venue have been working diligently to plan for the rescheduled event at the CHI Health Center in Omaha.
In an effort to deliver the safest competition possible and to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19, the venue seating map has been reconfigured, reducing daily session attendance capacity to approximately 50%. Given the June 2020 Trials had already sold tickets in excess of 90% of capacity, there will be a complete refund of tickets and re-sale beginning Friday, April 16.
Original 2020 ticket purchasers will have two (2) exclusive pre-sale opportunities for both All Session (Wave II only) and Daily tickets, with the Daily tickets providing access to the morning preliminaries and evening finals on a single day. The ticketing timeline is as follows:
|April 16, 2021 at 10 a.m. CT –||All Session tickets pre-sale for Wave II|
|April 21, 2021 at 10 a.m. CT –||All Session tickets for Wave II released to the general public|
|April 23, 2021 at 10 a.m. CT –||Daily tickets pre-sale for Wave II|
|April 26, 2021 at 10 a.m. CT –||Daily tickets for Wave I and Wave II released to the general public|
Tickets may be purchased through any Ticketmaster outlet nationwide or online at ticketmaster.com/swimtrials20. Tickets can also be purchased at the CHI Health Center Omaha box office. Seats will be sold in physically distanced pods of two (2), four (4), or six (6) seats. Fans may purchase up to six (6) tickets for each session and tickets will be sold on a first-come first-serve basis.
Hotels reservations for Wave I, from June 4-7, 2021, will open to teams and the general public on April 7 at 10 a.m. CT, by visiting: visitomaha.com/swim.
The event Organizing Committee (OC) continues to work with USA Swimming National Team physicians, along with the Douglas County Health Department, CHI Health (which is providing medical services for the Trials), the venue and the USOPC in the development of the Trials health and safety plans. Local county health regulations require masks to be worn inside the arena at all times, and event organizers will require this as well, regardless of any changes to local regulations prior to the start of the event. While strongly encouraged, neither a vaccine nor negative COVID-19 test will be required for spectators to enter the arena. The OC will also ensure that anti-COVID measures are enforced and widely available throughout the venue.