The 50 meter Felice Scandone Pool in Naples, Italy that played host to swimming at the 2019 World University Games can’t, in it’s current configuration, be divided into separate lengthwise 25 meter courses. The pool, built in 1963, is a fixed-wall 50-meter course, with no extra room for a bulkhead – most 50 meter pools are actually longer than 50 meters in length to accommodate dividers.
The International Swimming League, which will hold its opening season entirely in 25 meter pools, will solve this problem by donating to the City of Naples a bulkhead, SwimSwam Italia’s Giusy Cisale reports after speaking to Andrea di Nino.
Tickets are now on sale for the 3,000-seat facility, with prices ranging from €16.40 to €22.00 ($18 to $24).
This pool sits alongside an outdoor 50 meter training pool at Scandone, which would still allow ample warmup and cooldown space. The meet will be held from October 12th-13th, where outdoor temperatures in Naples still reach highs in the 70s historically.