Hampton will be making a splash next year when it becomes home to Virginia’s largest competitive aquatic facility.
A ground-breaking ceremony was held this week at the site for the Hampton Virginia Aquaplex, scheduled to open in Summer 2022. It is located at 1908 Coliseum Dr.
The 62,739-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility will feature an eight-lane, 50-meter competition pool with two moveable bulkheads, spectator seating for 1,500 with a mezzanine, and on-deck athlete seating for 760.
The Aquaplex will also include an outdoor splash park with a leisure pool, lazy river pool and slides.
The facility is slated to host the USAAS Junior Olympics in 2023. The championship is one of the largest artistic swimming events in the world, with over 1,100 athletes ages 12-19 competing in male and female, duet, mixed duet and team events. The eight-day competition will start in late June 2023.
Hampton Mayor Donnie Tuck said, “As Mayor, it makes me very proud to say that our future Olympians, Place-Finishers, Triathletes, and Special Olympians will soon have a hometown training facility right here in Hampton.”
“And to those near and far who plan to visit and attend the many future meets and events here, like the USA Artistic Swimming Junior Olympians, we welcome the competition, we welcome your stay with open arms, and we look forward to hosting you in our great City and at the Hampton Virginia Aquaplex.”
Along with national and regional events, the Aquaplex will also accommodate local school swim teams and citizens with a 50-meter competition pool and 25-yard program pool.
The facility will serve the locals with event rentals, fitness and certified Learn to Swim classes, and open-swim activities for all ages.
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