Indiana University officials will be on hand Tuesday afternoon to celebrate the grand reopening of the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis. The ceremony comes after a $20 million renovation project, completed just in time to host the 2016 U.S. Olympic diving trials, beginning June 18.
The renovation was done in five phases over 21 months. Some of the work included enhanced interior design and widening of the diving tower. Crews also installed a new roof, heating and cooling system, pool deck, pool filtration system, and lighting, among many other items.
The IU Natatorium has also been designated the first zero-waste athletic facility in Indiana. By definition, the facility must, by weight, recycle or compost 90 percent of all waste. Only 10 percent of waste may be disposed of as trash.
The 220,000 square-foot facility was built in 1982 and has since hosted hundreds of events, including 13 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in swimming, diving and synchronized swimming and the 1987 Pan Am Games.
The grand reopening ceremony will be held beginning at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday. IU President Michael McRobbie will be joined at the event by IUPUI Chancellor Nasser Paydar, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, Indiana Sports Corp. President Ryan Vaughn, and Olympic divers David Boudia, Kelci Bryant and Mary Beth Dunnichay, among others.