SwimSwam Pulse: 55% Favor Indianapolis Over Omaha As 2024 Olympic Trials Host

SwimSwam Pulse is a recurring feature tracking and analyzing the results of our periodic A3 Performance Polls. You can cast your vote in our newest poll on the SwimSwam homepage, about halfway down the page on the right side, or you can find the poll embedded at the bottom of this post.

Our most recent poll asked SwimSwam readers which of the three 2024 Olympic Trials host bids they prefer:


Question: Which city should host the 2024 U.S. Olympic Trials?

  • Indianapolis, Indiana – 54.9%
  • Omaha, Nebraska – 31.5%
  • St. Louis, Missouri – 13.6%

Indianapolis (54.9%) strongly outpaced Omaha (31.5%) in our poll on the three known bidders to host the 2024 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials.

Reports this month said Indianapolis will make a bid for the major swimming event, looking to build a pool into Lucas Oil Stadium. The 67,000-seat indoor arena is home to the Indianapolis Colts of the NFL. Indianapolis was also interested in hosting the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials, and a majority of SwimSwam voters support their 2024 bid.

Omaha, Nebraska has the allure of familiarity. Omaha has hosted the last three U.S. Olympic Trials (2008, 2012, 2016) and is set to host the next edition in the summer of 2021. 31.5% of voters picked Omaha, where the competition pool is typically built into the CHI Health Center (previously known as the Qwest Center and the CenturyLink Center).

St. Louis, Missouri is also interested in bidding for the event. That city only got 13.6% of the votes in our poll, but has also had limited information revealed about its bid. St. Louis plans to build a pool into The Dome at America’s Center, which previously housed the NFL’s Rams franchise. The Rams moved from St. Louis to Los Angeles in 2015.

St. Louis has never hosted the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials. Indianapolis has hosted six times: 1924, 1952 (women’s events), 1984, 1992, 1996 and 2000. Omaha has been selected as host four times, including next summer’s Trials.


Below, vote in our new A3 Performance Pollwhich asks voters to pick between two potential competition options for high schools with fall swimming seasons still on track:

How should high schools with a fall swimming season run meets?

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8 months ago

It’s one thing to not have spectators, but even in person meets have way too much close contact than is safe. It takes a lot of people to run a meet, and plus you have 40-person swim teams sharing the same deck space. Then you have to take into account cheering (which I suppose could be discouraged), heavy breathing, and coughing, all in an indoor environment (in most cases). My high school meets took place in a low-ceiling 8-lane rec center pool, where the air was always 90 degrees and practically unbreathable.

Now, many of these issues can be mitigated with masks, but the swimmers in the water won’t be wearing them, and you’d have every swimmer at one… Read more »

Reply to  Hmmmm
8 months ago

Good points – even with no spectators, there could be over 100 people on deck and we all know ventilation can be a problem at a lot of rec centers.

Reply to  Hmmmm
8 months ago

How did a post about trials in 4.5 years from now get highjacked about meets this fall?

Carol Glover
Reply to  Erik
8 months ago

Because of the A3 poll at the end of the article.

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