Greensboro will host a handful of national youth swimming championships over the next few years, and they're expected to have a significant economic impact on the city.
The Greensboro Aquatic Center, or GAC, will host the YMCA of the USA's National Short Course Swimming Championship from 2021 through 2023. It's considered a major competition, with more than 1,500 young athletes participating. The center will also be home to the National Long Course Swimming Championship in 2020 and 2021.
According to the Greensboro Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, the five championships will generate more than $20 million in economic impact, specifically around the local hospitality industry. An estimated 2,000 parents, coaches, and volunteers are expected to be in attendance, in addition to the swimmers.
The Y-USA says they picked Greensboro — which has hosted the short course event since 2012 — based on the community's support and the quality and capacity of the GAC.
This year's short course championship begins on March 30, and the long course event starts on July 30.