As USA Swimming continues to whittle down the finalists for the Olympic Trials, Greensboro, North Carolina was the latest to be eliminated from the competition, the Greensboro Coliseum Complex announced today.
That leaves just three cities still in the hunt, with the decision to be announced on April 27th.
- San Antonio, Texas
- Omaha, Nebraska
- St. Louis, Missouri
Greensboro, North Carolina (eliminated) Indianapolis, Indiana (eliminated) Jacksonville, Florida (eliminated)
Greensboro was the largest “arena” style venue (though smaller than the football stadiums) in the running, but was also by far the smallest city among the final 6 bidders.
Of those remaining, now, the only basketball/hockey type arena that we’ve become used to for these events are the two-time defending hosts Omaha. San Antonio and St. Louis are both proposing the use of their football stadiums.
Mike Unger, the Assistant Executive Director of USA Swimming who has spearheaded this bidding process, said that USA Swimming is still committed to a long term relationship with Greensboro. The Greensboro Coliseum which was the proposed site of the Trials is in the same complex as a new multi-million dollar permanent venue that has already been named as the host for this December’s Winter National Championships.
“We thank Greensboro and North Carolina 2016 for their interest in hosting the Trials,” said Unger. “The organizers, volunteers, facilities, and overall support in Greensboro were outstanding. Even though we won’t be there for the Trials, we look forward to a long relationship with Greensboro as we will continue to host events there in the future, such as our AT&T Short Course National Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center this December.”