The IU Natatorium is redefining 'world class'

  • May 25, 2016


INDIANAPOLIS -- Already considered one of the fastest pools in the country, the Indiana University Natatorium will take on new life as a result of an extensive $20 million renovation project that has been completed in time to host the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Diving, June 18 to 26.

Please join prominent leaders, Olympians and community members as they gather to celebrate the public grand reopening of the nationally renowned, world-class aquatics destination in the heart of the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus.

WHAT: Grand reopening of the IU Natatorium. Activities include a reception, formal remarks, meet-and-greet with Olympic divers, guided tours, aquatic demonstrations, a virtual reality experience and more.

WHEN: 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 7. Formal remarks to begin at 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: IU Natatorium, 901 W. New York St., Indianapolis. Parking is available in the IUPUI Sports Complex Garage adjacent to the natatorium at 875 W. New York St.

WHO: IU President Michael A. McRobbie; IUPUI Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar; Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett; Indiana Sports Corp. President Ryan Vaughn; Olympic divers David Boudia, Kelci Bryant and Mary Beth Dunnichay; and representatives from USA Swimming and USA Diving.

WHY: The IU Natatorium has been renovated to better serve the local, regional and national communities. After 34 years of productive use, the facility needed major improvements to help ensure its esteemed presence continues well into the 21st century.

Completed in five phases over the span of 21 months, critical renovations included enhanced interior design and widening of the diving tower as well as a new roof, heating and cooling system, pool deck, pool filtration system, lighting, skylights, bulkheads, and starting blocks; new doors, windows and drywall in the east and west concourses; an expanded pro shop; modernized locker rooms; and other mechanical repairs.

The IU Natatorium enjoys a rich tradition built on three decades of iconic championships and record-setting performances. Since it was built in 1982, the venue has hosted hundreds of state, regional, national and international events, including the 1987 Pan Am Games and 13 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in swimming, diving and synchronized swimming. More than 100 records have been set in the pool, including 18 world records.

One of the city’s signature sports venues, the IU Natatorium is a 220,000-square-foot facility with an eight-lane, 50-meter competition pool; a six-lane, 50-meter teaching and training pool; and a world-class diving well. The venue holds 4,700 spectators with another 1,500 people on the deck, making the IU Natatorium the largest permanent swimming competition facility in the country.

IU Natatorium

IU Natatorium

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Margie Smith-Simmons