The IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis, Indiana may wind up being the busiest aquatic venue in all of 2017, as the storied ‘Nat’ is reportedly in the running to host the 2017 World Junior Championships. That would be just one of several major meets to be hosted by the historic site. The Natatorium, which also hosted U.S. Nationals back in 2013, is already seeing returns on its $20 million renovation project which officially concluded this summer.
In addition to becoming an installment in the 2017 Pro Swim Series, hosting a stop from March 2nd to March 4th next year, the famed location in Indy will be hosting the U.S. National Championships meet slated for June 27th to July 1st. With World Championships and World University Games taking place next year, the meet also serves as the Trials for those event squad. IUPUI is also slated to host both the Men’s and Women’s NCAA Championships meets.
Now, the IndyStar is reporting that the Nat is challenging Kazan, Russian, host of the 2015 FINA World Aquatic Championships, as the site of the 2017 World Junior Championships. The meet was originally awarded to Budapest, Hungary, but the city is now hosting the 2017 World Senior Championships after Guadalajara, Mexico withdrew its bid.
The World Junior Championships is a biennial event for junior swimmers, with last year’s version hosted by Singapore’s OCBC Aquatic Centre.