On April 10th, USA Swimming announced revised dates for the next Olympic Swimming Trials. Originally slated for June 21st-28th, 2020 in Omaha, the prestigious domestic event is now scheduled for June 13th-20th, 2021 in the same Nebraskan city.
The U.S. Trials represents just one of the pieces of the overall Olympic puzzle that has taken a different shape in light of the coronavirus pandemic. The Games themselves have been postponed from July 2020 to now July of 2021.
For the city of Omaha, the economic impact of a delayed Trials is still very much in the present, however. The U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials is just one major event among several that have been postponed or cancelled due to the pandemic.
The annual Berkshire Hathaway company convention typically brings in $21.3 million to Omaha, but the meeting has been moved to a virtual environment due to coronavirus.
The annual College World Series was on the calendar for June in Omaha as well, but the multi-day affair was bumped to 2021.
Per the Douglas County Health Department, the county in which Omaha resides has seen 865 reported cases of coronavirus, resulting in 16 deaths and 71 recoveries. The estimated population of Douglas County sits at of 571,000, reflecting a .15% positive rate of the total population, tested and untested.