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Liberty University pool closer to being finished

Expected to open November 1

Source: Liberty University
Source: Liberty University

LYNCHBURG – The new Liberty University pool is getting closer to being finished.  There's now concrete poured for the 50-meter pool.

The 75,000 square-foot facility will be much larger than the current LaHaye Aquatics Center pool.   There will be a separate diving well with a seating capacity of 1,400.

Source: Liberty University
Source: Liberty University

The university hopes the facility will elevate Liberty's NCAA Division I women's swimming & diving team and men's club swimming and water polo programs while also attracting students and community members of all ages.

"It'll be a massive pool," Liberty women's swimming & diving Head Coach Jake Shellenberger said. "I believe it will be the nicest pool on the East Coast and a top-10 facility nationwide. We're excited about the unique bowl seating configuration, seating on three sides, which is extremely rare. That will create an exciting atmosphere that will rival any facility in the country."

The project is connected to the indoor track complex and is supposed to open on November 1st.

Additionally, starting this winter and running through next summer, the natatorium has already landed several "big-time high-school age club meets, for both swimming and diving, that will attract myriad people to campus - swimmers and their families and friends, just like the indoor track," Shellenberger said.