USA Swimming announced on April that Omaha, Nebraska will be hosting the trials for the Olympic swimming team. This is the third time in a row that the 42nd largest city in United States wins the bid. They beat last-round nominees St. Louis, Missouri, and San Antonio, Texas.
Trial dates before heading for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are from June 26 through July 3. These trials are the most important swimming event in the US and the 2016 Swimming Olympic Team will be selected to represent the U.S. in August. The venue is Century Link Center Omaha. Sports Travel Magazine named the trials the Best Amateur Multi-Sport or Multi-Discipline Event back in 2008. In 2012, the event was nominated again and was a finalist as Sports Event of the Year by the Sports Business Journal that same year.
The Century Link Center is usually used for basketball, hockey, as well as the annual shareholders’ meeting with Warren Buffet. At its maximum capacity, it can hold up to 18,975 spectators. In 2012, it could only hold up to 13,200 people.
Omaha, Nebraska is a regional commercial hub of sports. The city is probably smaller than the other cities they beat but they have a tremendous love for sports. In fact, five members of Fortune 500 have headquarters there. One time the Century Link hosted 12,000 spectators for a volleyball game. This game was not even a final but a national semifinal.
This is the fifth time a city becomes host to this very important event three times. The other cities are Long Beach, Indianapolis, the New York City area, and Detroit.
Tickets and hotel booking are already available for those enthusiasts that commit to travel to this highly attractive event.