Irvine, CA Approves Major Water Polo Complex To House U.S. National Teams

The city council of Irvine, California has voted to move forward on a $250 million sports complex, including a major water polo facility. The Orange County Register reports that the water polo complex will serve as a training venue for the 2024 U.S. Olympic water polo team.

The sports facility will be built at the Orange County Great Park, and will include a water polo complex and a field house for basketball and volleyball, along with a parking garage. The Irvine City Council approved the project on Tuesday evening. The Orange County Register reports that officials will settle on a final design for the facility, and that construction could begin in early 2021. If construction stays on the schedule, the facility should be ready to house the U.S. Olympic water polo teams as they train for the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

The city will borrow against future homeowners’ taxes, the Register reports, without raising current tax rates.

USA Water Polo lauded the move on Twitter, along with some artist’s renderings of the facility:

“For us, this is a dream come true,” said USA Water Polo CEO Christopher Ramsey in an interview with The Orange County Register. “We could not be doing the scale of what we’re doing without this partnership.”

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cynthia curran
11 months ago

I guess they can moved US Volleyball from Anaheim since they are building Volleyball too. I wonder if the pool will be use for swimming as well as water polo.

Reply to  cynthia curran
11 months ago

If it’s 25 yards long at any point, then, undoubtedly

Reply to  swimfast
11 months ago

FINA polo is 25 meters between goalposts but, yeah, doesn’t look like an Olympic swimming venue

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