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2016 Olympic Swimming Trials could come to Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- By the time the 2016 Olympics rolls around, the River City could share in a piece of that excitement.

Officials from Jacksonville traveled to Colorado to talk with USA Swimming about bidding on the right to host the 2016 Olympic Swimming trials, according to our news partner The Florida Times-Union.

To accommodate the trials, an above-ground pool would be built at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.

Hosting the trials could result in an economic boost for the area. 60 percent of the spectators for the 2008 Olympic Swimming trials, hosted in Omaha, Neb., came from out of state and spent $13.2 million during their stay, according to a study done for the Omaha Sports Commission.

"We really feel we'd be able to sell out all the events and create a buzz to be part of the Olympic process," Alan Verlander, the city's director of sports and entertainment, told the T-U.

Swimming World Magazine is conducting a poll asking, "Which city should host the 2016 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials with an indoor temporary pool?"

Jacksonville is one of the four choices.  The other three are Greensboro, North Carolina, Omaha, Nebraska and Other.  Click here to vote in the poll.


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