San Juan Natatorium

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The San Juan Natatorium
The Natatorium
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Building information
CitySan Juan, Puerto Rico
Capacity2,000
OpenedDecember 15, 2006
by Jorge Santini
Pool
Lanes10

The San Juan Natatorium is an Olympic-level aquatic sports facility located in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Located in San Juan's Parque Central (Central Park) the natatorium is regarded as the most advanced natatorium in the Caribbean and 4th in the entire world as of October 2007.[citation needed] The facility is used to host local and international events such as the 2nd A.S.U.A Pan American Masters Swimming Championship, as well as an important United States collegiate winter practice venue for many NCAA-affiliated colleges and universities. San Juan's Mayor Jorge Santini opened the new roofed San Juan Natatorium, developed by San Juan Sports Director María Elena Batista on December 15, 2006.

Facilities[edit]

The San Juan Natatorium was built in December 2006. It includes an Olympic-size 50-meter pool convertible to two, 25-meter pools, 10 lanes each 5 meterwide with permanent starting blocks. It has an adjustable depth from 9’ to 0’ and is completely indoors with open walls. A second adjacent diving pool is used for additional warm-up during events. The Natatorium has conference rooms for technical meetings, medical facilities, a commercial gym and is the venue for Batista's departmental offices. The facility is equipped with Daktronics timing equipment and a control room. It has a capacity for 2000 spectators and 1800 additional removable chairs. The design was based on the Atlanta Olympic Center where the 1996 Olympics were held.[1]

After Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico on September 19, 2017, the Natatorium had to undergo repairs and remained closed for over a year, until February 18, 2019.[2][3]

Events[edit]

The Natatorium was the venue of the 2010 Summer Nationals for U.S. Masters Swimming from August 9–12. 2019 International swimming opens were held at the Natatorium.[4][5]

Funding[edit]

The San Juan Natatorium was built using combined funds (local and section 108). A total of $20,677,136.02 (section 108 funds) were used in the construction of the facility. An additional $8 million were used from local sources.[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-22. Retrieved 2012-03-06.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "El Natatorio de San Juan reabrirá sus puertas el próximo lunes". El Nuevo Dia (in Spanish). February 11, 2019.
  3. ^ "El Natatorio San Juan podría abrir a fines de año". 23 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Pair of National Records Fall At Puerto Rico International Open". SwimSwam. April 30, 2019.
  5. ^ "Jamaican Sidrell Williams takes 50m freestyle bronze in Puerto Rico". www.loopjamaica.com.
  6. ^ "2010-02-10/U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)". portal.hud.gov. Archived from the original on 2010-12-23.

Coordinates: 18°26′30″N 66°04′39″W / 18.441629°N 66.077507°W / 18.441629; -66.077507