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Courtesy of: International Swimming Hall of Fame
PHOENIX, Arizona, July 16. THE International Swimming Hall of Fame continues to explore all possible options concerning the future of its expansive museum of swimming artifacts and memorabilia, adding an aquatic complex in southern California as a potential new site in the coming years.

In an recent article in U-T San Diego laid out a plan for a $130 million complex that would include a water park, beach volleyball courts and a hotel on a 55-acre plot of land. A 70-meter pool that would be a training site for swimmers and water polo players, in addition to likely hosting competitions, is also in the works for the site.

The article did not state when the complex would be completed, but ISHOF CEO Bruce Wigo told Swimming World that the location lends itself to hosting one of several "ancillary museums," given the large number of tourists expected to visit the area year-round.

"Between beach volleyball games, what are they going to do? Hopefully come to the museum," Wigo said.

Southern California has always been a hotbed of activity for aquatic sports, and adding a 70-meter pool to the complex would attract triathletes, pool swimmers and water polo players for training trips. But Wigo stressed that pools themselves don't always attract large amounts of revenue, an issue he has seen pull regular tourists away from the current Hall of Fame location next to the city-owned complex in Fort Lauderdale that houses two 50-meter pools. The Hall of Fame started in Fort Lauderdale in 1965, and its 50-year contract with the city ends in 2015. Various cities have expressed interest in hosting the ISHOF headquarters, as well as any branches that would be based on several thematic elements.

Earlier this year, Santa Clara, Calif., began plans to bring the Hall of Fame to its city, in conjunction with a hotel and water park in the area.

U-T San Diego article