Inside look at Huntsville-Aquatics Center expansion

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The expansion of the new Huntsville-Aquatics Center is underway and people are excited. The Huntsville-Madison Visitors Bureau Vice President, Bob Rogers, said with the new capacity at 1,400 this will make a big impact.

He said, “This facility is just amazing, as you heard, it`s gonna be state of the art, and it`s gonna help us bring larger groups, more frequently into the city, so it helps the city`s economy and uh what a showcase to have.”

There will be 56,000 square feet of improvements, which include an Olympic-sized pool, a therapy pool, and a new 264 space parking lot.

Huntsville Swim Association President Curt Worshek said they have been the primary tenants of the natatorium for decades. Worshek says HSA is looking forward to having a new home.

He said, “Now that it`s expanding, it`s just brought a lot of new opportunities for us to expand our current mission, and also an outreach to those children and youth that currently don`t have access to swimming.”

However, with the big city meet this weekend, he knows there are concerns about construction.

He explained, “The city of Huntsville has bent over backwards to make sure that this operates at a hundred percent capacity.”

Crews will transport people attending the meet back and forth from Milton Frank stadium. They will also provide water, as well as medical tents.