SwimSwam Pulse: Omaha Nips Indy As Voters Preferred 2024 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 to pick their favorite host city for the 2024 U.S. Olympic Trials:

RESULTS

Question: Which city would you like to see host the 2024 U.S. Olympic Trials?

  • Omaha, NE – 37.1%
  • Indianapolis, IN – 34.7%
  • San Antonio, TX – 18.0%
  • Minneapolis, MN – 10.2%

37.1% of voters would like to see the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials return to Omaha, Nebraska in 2024, while 34.7% favor Indianapolis, Indiana.

Unsurprisingly, those two locations are the most familiar to fans as hosts of major meets. Omaha has hosted U.S. Olympic Trials for the last four Olympic cycles: 2008, 2012, 2016, and 2021 (postponed from 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic). Indianapolis has been a regular host city for U.S. Nationals as well as the 2017 World Junior Championships.

For many fans, though, naming those cities brings up images of their well-known aquatics facilities: IUPUI in Indy, the Northside Swim Center in San Antonio, and the Jean K. Freeman Aquatics Center in Minneapolis. However, 2024 Olympic Trials wouldn’t take place in any of those pools. As in Omaha, where meet organizers build a temporary pool into the CHI Health Center, each of these cities would build a racing course into an established professional sports stadium.

Indianapolis would put its pool in Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts and the NFL combine.

Minneapolis would build a pool into U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings and host of Super Bowl LII.

San Antonio would build its pool into the Alamodome, former home of the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs and host of college football’s Alamo Bowl.

 

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Sid Frisco
2 months ago

I would go off the board if I were a gambler.

Casual Swim Fan
2 months ago

Indianapolis trumps Omaha any day. They just hosted March Madness for a reason. Please, please, consider bringing the Trials back to Indy!

Cate
Reply to  Casual Swim Fan
2 months ago

The reason March Madness is hosted in a particular city is because that particular city is willing to jump through the hoops necessary to bring it there. It’s being hosted in Phoenix and San Antonio the next 2 years. Why would Omaha want to host March Madness? You’re comparing apples and oranges.

lessthanalot
Reply to  Cate
2 months ago

Not at all apples to oranges. Actually, the point Casual Swim Fan is making is that Indy hosts things like March Madness, the Super Bowl, the upcoming CFP, and more is because it is one of the most big-event friendly cities. Voted too airport with easy access into downtown where Lucas Oil is within steps of thousands of hotel rooms, great restaurants, and other things to do. Plus the city embraces big events. Not to mention Indy’s rich history with the Trials

Bruh
Reply to  lessthanalot
2 months ago

Plus lots of the hotels and amenities are sky bridged together

Kath
2 months ago

When do we expect to hear the chosen location?

Horninco
Reply to  Kath
2 months ago

You would think soon. I’ll bet Indy just because of location

NC Fan
Reply to  Horninco
2 months ago

After the Olympics. Original plan was to announce in Feb but then Wave I and Wave II planning kicked in and all the adapt-and-overcome activities have pushed it back along with anything not Tokyo related.

WestCoastRefugee
2 months ago

Now that trials is exclusively held in temporary pools , USA Swimming needs to move this around some more. Holding trials in the same place every 4 years is not helping us grow the sport. Let’s call it like it is. Trials only went to Omaha to make Mutual of Omaha happy as one of our premier sponsors. Now that MOO had dropped us like a bad habit, it’s time to move on.

Admin
Reply to  WestCoastRefugee
2 months ago

While I don’t think that MOO had NOTHING to do with it being in Omaha, before claiming that’s the only reason it went there, it’s worth exploring the viable options.

We’ve done the exercise, and until you open up to football stadiums (which we realistically haven’t been ready for until now), the options are very, very thin.

https://swimswam.com/the-18-largest-indoor-arenas-eligible-to-host-the-2024-us-olympic-trials/

SuperSwimmer 2000
2 months ago

It’s going to be Indy. Omaha, you’ve had a good run.

Jethro
2 months ago

Omaha treats trials like the red headed step brother of CWS. I know I was there both weeks.

Sid Frisco
Reply to  Jethro
2 months ago

No doubt about that. Having spent the week in Omaha for trials and the lead up to the CWS it’s clear which gets more attention. CWS is ever year to be fair to Omaha.

Virtus
2 months ago

Y’all smoking on that isl poll

T. Collins
2 months ago

The city of…..Atlanta! Put the Trials inside the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

NC Fan
Reply to  T. Collins
2 months ago

Atlanta won’t happen because Atlanta United fills up Mercedes Benz all summer long. They aren’t giving that up for a month.

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