The Greensboro Aquatic Center (GAC) held its 10th anniversary celebration on Thursday Aug. 6 beginning at 11 a.m.
Along with the speeches from Mayor Nancy Vaughan, Greensboro Coliseum Complex Managing Director Matt Brown, Greensboro Convention and Visitors Bureau President Henri Fourrier, NC Swimming general chair Trish Martin and the GAC manager Susan Braman was an announcement of upcoming events scheduled for GAC, which indicates that the second decade may be even more successful that the first.
The upcoming events announced Thursday included: 2021 US Paralympics Swimming National Championships, 2021 Speedo Winter Nationals – East, 2021 Toyota US Open Championship, 2022 & 2023 YMCA Long Course Championship and 2022, 2023, 2024 & 2025 YMCA Short Course National Championship
President and CEO of USA Swimming Tim Hinchey in the press release said, “We are proud of our long-standing relationship with the Greensboro Aquatic Center and grateful to have such committed partners in staging top tier events for our members. This venue has played host to several successful national and regional meets, including the Toyota US Open and the TYR Pro Swim Series competitions, which are vital experiences in the development of our swimmers from club swimming to the Olympic Team. We look forward to continuing to state world-class competitions in Greensboro as we embark on our next Olympic Quad.”
Part of the Greensboro Coliseum Complex, the GAC opened in August 2011 and with more recent additions has grown to become the largest indoor aquatic center in the country. Built at a cost of $19 million, the four-pool facility has had a projected economic impact in its first decade of over $182 million.
According to the Greensboro Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, events at the GAC during its first 10 years has resulted in over 176,000 hotel room night bookings.
Along with a host of competitive events the GAC also hosts daily fitness classes, club and school swim and dive team practice and has a partnership with Guilford County Schools in the privately financed Learn to Swim program.