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$30M investment to beautify and connect IUPUI, IU Natatorium and surrounding neighborhoods

July 14, 2014

EDITOR'S NOTE: This news release is from the Office of Mayor Greg Ballard - City of Indianapolis.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Mayor Greg Ballard, IU President Michael A. McRobbie, the Lilly Endowment and many other organizations have announced a joint $30 million investment to better connect IUPUI to its surrounding communities and make critical renovations to the Indiana University Natatorium.

The project will include $10 million from the city to turn Michigan and New York streets into two-way streets from West Street through campus and across the bridge into Haughville. Those streets, as well as West Street between Michigan and New York, will be rebuilt to include safer pedestrian crossings and sidewalks, bike lanes, specialized lighting, decorative signage, public art, grass medians, trees and rain gardens. Funding for the road improvements will be provided from the Downtown TIF. Construction and rerouting of traffic patterns will begin next year.

"Thousands of people enter and exit IUPUI for work, class and access to medical care every day," Ballard said. "These streets improvements will make it safer and easier for people to access campus and encourage investment and development in Haughville, Hawthorne and Stringtown from companies seeking to be near IUPUI and the growing IU Health complex."

The other phase of the project will include a $10 million investment by Indiana University to renovate the natatorium and maintain it as a worldwide aquatic attraction. The Lilly Endowment will match Indiana University's financial commitments pending final approvals from all organizational partners. Improvements include a new roof, heating and cooling system, pool filtration, lighting, skylights and other mechanical repairs. Most renovations will be complete prior to Indianapolis hosting the U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Diving in 2016.

"Just as the IUPUI campus has been an integral part of downtown Indianapolis for decades, the IU Natatorium has become one of the city’s signature sports venues over the last 30 years," McRobbie said. "Indiana University's investment in the future of the natatorium is emblematic of our commitment to the city of Indianapolis. The planned improvements will allow the natatorium to provide swimmers and divers of all levels -- as well as fans of the sports -- with a world-class facility for years to come, further strengthening the strong partnership between IU and the city."

The natatorium was built in 1982. The 220,000-square-foot facility is the nation's largest indoor swimming facility, with two 50-meter pools and seating for 4,700 spectators. It has hosted many significant sporting events, including the 1987 Pan Am Games and 13 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in swimming, diving and synchronized swimming. It is considered one of the fastest pools in the country. Over 100 records have been set in the pool, including 15 world records.

"We look forward to many more years of Olympians adding their names to the treasured wall of the IU Natatorium, cementing Indiana's continued position as a sports capital and inspiring future generations of swimmers and divers to strive for greatness at this iconic facility," said Allison Melangton, president of Indiana Sports Corp.


IU Natatorium awarded U.S. Olympic Diving Trials in 2016

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Indiana University Natatorium is pleased to announce it will host the 2016 U.S. Olympic Diving Trials.  This marks the sixth time the facility has been chosen to host the diving trials (1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, and 2008).  Behind the Natatorium diving platforms engraved on the wall are the names of all U.S. Olympic qualifiers, including the 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist and Indiana native David Boudia. Join us June 17 – 26, 2016 and watch David and over 100 divers compete for the honor of representing the United States of America at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

USA Diving brings this event back to the IU Natatorium and Indiana Sports Corp. will stage and market the event. ISC has received national acclaim for their production of Indianapolis events such as Super Bowl XLVI and the NCAA Final Fours. NBC is expected to televise this event.

Mark your calendars and watch it in person at the greatest swim and diving facility in the U.S., the IU Natatorium!

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YMCA of the USA Awards The Nat 2014 & 2015 Long Course National Championships

We are pleased to announce that the IU Natatorium will be hosting YMCA of the USA's 2014 & 2015 Long Course National Championships! This great event will give approximately 1,200 swimmers ages 12-18 the opportunity to swim in the country's top-rated swimming venue. The Natatorium was selected by a site selection team from the National YMCA Competitive Swim Advisory Committee. We are excited to partner with YMCA of the USA, Visit Indy and the City of Indianapolis to bring this national championship event to our great swim community.

The 2014 dates are July 27 - August 1 and 2015 will be August 2 - August 7. For more information, please visit the National YMCA Competitive Swimming and Diving website or follow this link for housing information.


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