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After 33 years, the IU Natatorium will undergo a major renovation to ensure its esteemed presence continues as a world-class aquatic facility into the 21st century.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Mayor Greg Ballard, IU President Michael A. McRobbie, the Lilly Endowment and many other organizations recently announced a $20 million investment to make critical renovations to the IU Natatorium - a nationally renowned aquatics destination for competitive athletes of all ages and abilities - to better serve the local, regional and national communities.

"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."

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To inspire greatness and encourage the lifelong pursuit of health and fitness through competitive and recreational aquatics.


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During the renovation events will still be hosted at the Natatorium. Please check our current calendar for updated event information.

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RENOVATION PHASES PLAN

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Reno Updates

3/21/15:

Critical renovations at the IU Natatorium include an enhanced interior design and widening of the diving tower as well as a new roof, heating and cooling system, pool deck, pool filtration, 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.

Spring boards removed to prepare for diving tower and diving area renovation - 4/2/15


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FAQs

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The IU Natatorium is being renovated to better serve the local, regional and national communities. After 33 years of productive use, the Natatorium needs major improvements to ensure its esteemed presence continues well into the 21st century.

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Campus

The IU Natatorium not only serves the IUPUI Jaguars swimming and diving teams but also serves as a venue that IUPUI faculty, staff and students can use for recreation, fitness and instruction.

Local community

The IU Natatorium helps connect IUPUI to its surrounding communities by offering diverse, high-quality aquatic programming, swim instruction and water safety education to local residents of all ages.

Regional/National communities

A nationally renowned, world-class aquatics destination for competitive athletes of all ages and abilities, the renovations will ensure that the IU Natatorium remains a premiere facility and destination for years to come.

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Considered one of the fastest pools in the country, 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, which makes the Natatorium the largest, permanent swimming competition facility in the country.

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Critical renovations at the IU Natatorium include an enhanced interior design and widening of the diving tower as well as a new roof, heating and cooling system, pool deck, pool filtration, 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.

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The renovations to the IU Natatorium will be done in phases with the pool scheduled to reopen in January 2017:
• Phase I: Mar. 30-July 17, 2015

• Phase II: Aug. 10-Oct. 30, 2015

• Phase III: Nov.-Mar. 17, 2016

• Phase IV: Mar. 22-May 20, 2016

• Phase V: Aug. 8-Dec. 30, 2016

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• During Phases I and II, the instructional pool will remain open. The competition pool and diving well will be closed.

• During Phase III, the instructional pool will remain open. The competition pool and diving well will be open for scheduled meets only.

• During Phase IV, the instructional pool will remain open. The competition pool and diving well will be closed.

• During Phase V, the competition pool and diving well opens. The instructional pool will be closed.

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Pool hours will be adjusted throughout the renovation. For up-to-date information, please visit the IU Natatorium’s website for current hours of operation.

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Instructional programs will continue as scheduled during all phases of renovation with the exception of Phase V. At that time, adjustments will be made to the instructional swimming programs. Please visit the IU Natatorium’s website for up-to-date information.

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The instructional pool will remain open for swim camp instruction. All other summer camp activities will take place at IUPUI’s Michael A. Carroll Stadium.

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Visitors and IUPUI faculty, staff, students will be able to park in the Sports Garage during renovation of the IU Natatorium.

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While the city of Indianapolis will begin construction on New York St. in May 2015 – to turn New York St., currently one-way eastbound, into a two-way street to improve safety and access to campus – traffic will be maintained to allow access to the IU Natatorium. As with most construction projects and the possible rerouting of traffic patterns, please allow extra time for travel and parking.

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2015
• July 24-26: Indiana Swimming Long Course Age Group Championships
• July 27-31: National Club Swimming Association Swimming Championships
• Aug. 3-7: YMCA Long Course National Championships
• Nov. 6-8: Carmel Swim Club Fall Invitational
• Nov. 13-14: House of Champions
• Dec. 3-6 Oakland Live Y’ers Invite
• Dec. 15-16: USA Diving Winter Nationals
• Dec. 29: Holiday Invite

2016
• Jan. 9-10: Indiana Swimming Mid State Championships
• Jan. 15-17: Carmel Swim Club Winter Invitational
• Jan. 22-23: IUPUI Swimming and Diving
• Jan. 29-31: 33rd Annual Circle City Classic Invitational
• Feb. 5-7: Jaguar Aquatics February Invite
• Feb. 12-13: Girls IHSAA State Swimming & Diving Championships
• Feb. 17-20: The 2015-2016 Summit League Swimming & Diving Championships
• Feb. 26-27: Boys IHSAA State Swimming & Diving Championships
• Mar. 2-5: American Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships
• Mar. 8-12: NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships
• Mar. 18-20: Indiana Swimming Short Couse Age Group Championships

For additional information, please view the calendar on the IU Natatorium’s website.

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The renovation of the IU Natatorium will cost approximately $20 million.

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Indiana University will invest $10 million to renovate the IU Natatorium and the Lilly Endowment will match IU’s financial commitments. IU’s investment in the future of the natatorium is emblematic of its commitment to the city of Indianapolis and organizational partners worldwide.

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All traditional water fountains will be replaced with water refill stations – eco-friendly water fountains that will allow the refill of water bottles. Since the first water refill stations were installed at IUPUI in 2010, more than 200,000 plastic water bottles have been diverted from the waste stream. IUPUI offers more than 50 water refill stations across campus.

Additionally, every light in the IU Natatorium, from the pools to the offices and the hallways, will be replaced with LED light bulbs. LED bulbs reduce energy use and have an outstanding operational lifetime expectation of 100,000 hours, which equals 11 years of continuous operation or 22 years of 50 percent operation.

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The IU Natatorium enjoys a rich tradition and three decades of iconic championships and record-setting performances. Since originally built in 1982, the venue 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. Over 100 records have been set in the pool, including 15 world records.