It was announced last week that the YMCA of the USA will continue to hold its Short Course National Championship at the Greensboro Aquatic Center (GAC) for the next 3 years, through 2017. In April of 2014, approximately 1,500 swimmers from 203 different teams across 29 different states attended the meet. With an estimated $8.4 million economic impact from a four day attendance of 10,178, Greensboro’s Convention & Visitors Bureau must be just as excited for the next few years as the GAC staff.
Jim Wheaton, the YMCA’s national director of events, listed the improved air quality as one of the top reasons for their return. In 2013, respiratory distress, including the coughing fits nicknamed “GAC hack”, was a noticeable issue on deck. Afterwards, Paddock Evacuator Company was called in to be a part of a major renovation to fix certain issues, most importantly the air quality during large meets.
The results? They speak for the themselves. Per Wheaton,