All U.S. Olympic Trials Tickets to Be Refunded and Resold Due to Seating Change

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. 

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Calepsu
6 days ago

I sure hope this works out. Airbnb and flights are non-refundable. This makes me nervous. And thanks Swimswam for the timely article.

Last edited 6 days ago by Calepsu
Steve Nolan
Reply to  Calepsu
6 days ago

Weren’t a ton of flights refundable the last year? I thought most airlines made it pretty easy to do so.

OAC
6 days ago

Sounds like solo tickets not purchasable then? Or am i reading incorrectly?

Pool
Reply to  OAC
6 days ago

Correct, sounds like you can only buy 2/4/or 6 seats for each session. So you’d have to pay for 2 tickets 🙁

Admin
Reply to  OAC
6 days ago

We’ve reached out to clarify. Will update (and email you) when we get an answer.

Spectatorn
Reply to  Braden Keith
6 days ago

also for group of 3 and group of 5…

I think they show on seating chart as 2s or 4s or 6s as a “block” of seats together, but you can buy the number of tickets (up to max 6) for your group.

I hope TM has improved their system. I remember not getting the seats I wanted because there were 3 seats left in that row and I was getting 2. It wouldn’t let me purchase but showed message about not leaving a single seat or something. So good luck!

Admin
Reply to  Spectatorn
6 days ago

USA Swimming confirmed you must buy in 2s, 4s, or 6s. No 1s, 3s, or 5s.

Taa
Reply to  OAC
6 days ago

Try tinder

Crazyaboutswim
6 days ago

So bummed they aren’t just going back and having one Olympic Trials, being everyone is hopefully vaccinated by then. We are in AZ and everyone is getting the vaccine and by June 3rd, all states should be good –

swimmerswammer
Reply to  Crazyaboutswim
6 days ago

we need to hope 12-15 year olds can get it, i’m not sure how many are competing, but without them it’s gonna be hard to achieve herd immunity

Swimmer
Reply to  swimmerswammer
6 days ago

There can’t be a significant amount of 12-15 years with trials cuts.

Hswimmer
Reply to  swimmerswammer
6 days ago

You’re not immune if you get the vaccine… you can still catch it

Walter
Reply to  Hswimmer
6 days ago

And transmit it.

Samesame
Reply to  Walter
6 days ago

But at a much reduced rate . Isn’t it 90 % less transmission.

Hswimmer
Reply to  Walter
6 days ago

Right these people think it’s a cure lol

Hmmmmm
Reply to  Crazyaboutswim
6 days ago

well I know a lot of people don’t want the vaccine, so good luck with that. Let the old people who need it and the crazies who want it to get it. Everyone else should just be able to go back and live their lives.

ACC
Reply to  Hmmmmm
6 days ago

“The crazies who want it” pretty sure you have that backward but hey, I guess I’m crazy to not want to spread a disease that has killed half a million Americans in a year.

Admin
Reply to  ACC
6 days ago

Let’s lock this one up. Everyone’s had their shot, and I promise you nobody is going to have a novel or yet-unseen retort. So let’s take a deep breath and talk about swimming.

Sour
Reply to  Braden Keith
4 days ago

Much more reasonable comments section, if you made more of an effort to keep comments on topic more consistently.

Your Mom
Reply to  Hmmmmm
6 days ago

If you don’t want to get it, that’s fine. That means more for the rest of us!

Here Comes Lezak
Reply to  Crazyaboutswim
6 days ago

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2021/04/cdc-data-suggests-vaccinated-dont-carry-cant-spread-virus.html

it’s not 100% certain, but early evidence points to it being unlikely that those vaccinated can carry or can spread the virus.

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Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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