We heard some pretty good, and pretty funny, stories about swim parents who used some serious hustle to get tickets to watch their kids swim at the Mesa Grand Prix. There were scalpers, Craigslist ads selling $10 tickets for $60, and even a little bit of schmoozing to get in on a free VIP ticket from a kind gentleman (don’t worry, we won’t tell who that was).
Michael Phelps is back, and with that, the ticket for the USA Swimming National Championships in Irvine likewise has become a hot ticket.
Ticket sales opened up in January, and according to the meet hosts, they got the Phelps bump too. They’re not yet sold out, however, and for just $10 for prelims and $15 for finals are quite a deal. It’s not just Phelps, it’s Ledecky, and Lochte, and Missy, and Adrian, and any number of other swimmers from what is still the world’s fastest National Team.
As a reminder, Nationals this summer will serve as a selection event for:
- 2014 Pan Pac Championships
- 2014 World Short Course Championships
- 2015 World Championships
- 2015 World University Games
With Worlds and into 2015 on that list, there won’t be many ‘healthy scratches’ for this one, it will be an all-out race to be in the conversation for the next two years. Just the same way, there won’t be hundreds of walk-up tickets available either, would be our hunch, after the rush for Mesa.
The meet runs from Wednesday, August 6th through Sunday, August 10th in Irvine, California.
If you get left in the parking lot again, there will be no sympathy from this corner. You’ve been warned.