USA Swimming has announced the host city for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials: Omaha, Nebraska will host the event for the fourth-consecutive Olympic cycle.
Omaha first hosted the event in 2008, and USA Swimming raved about the city and venue before returning in 2012 and 2016. The competition takes place at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, with a long course competition pool built into the multi-purpose sports arena. The venue holds roughly 14,000 spectators and has traditionally included a long course warmup pool and a short course warmup pool during the Olympic Trials.
While the host city is unchanged from the past three Trials, USA Swimming’s selection process was much different this cycle. In the leadup to the 2016 Trials, USA Swimming announced 6 host contenders in January of 2013, and continued to lay out the bid process as the swimming federation came to a decision on hosting. For the 2020 Trials, there had been no information from USA Swimming on which cities were considered, and the host announcement came out of the blue this week: USA Swimming announced Omaha’s hosting status in a Facebook Live video, giving interested parties a 30-minute “heads up” that the announcement would be made.
You can see the announcement video below, from USA Swimming’s YouTube page: