2028 Olympic Water Polo Venue Proposed in Irvine

Photo Courtesy: USA Water Polo

With the Olympics coming to Los Angeles in 2028, venues are starting to be planned.

Irvine’s Great Park looks to be a strong option to host the water polo competition, the Orange County Register reports, provided USA Water Polo and the city can come together.

A $50 million pool complex has been proposed at the Great Park, according to the Register. It would be adjacent to an ice rink that will be a practice facility of the Anaheim Ducks. It is currently under construction.

Under the proposal, Irvine would lease property to USA Water Polo, which would pay to build and operate the facility. The city would be guaranteed a negotiated amount of time for the public to use the facility, the Register reported.

USA Water Polo is based in Huntington Beach, California, but has plans to move its offices to Irvine next year.

“There’s just a lot of plusses when it comes to transportation, having great hotels, multiple airports in the area, train transit, easy driving access,” and the group doesn’t have a home training facility now, USA Water Polo spokesman Greg Mescall told the Register.

The city and USA Water Polo have up to five months to work out an agreement, the Register reported, which would come back to the City Council for approval.

Read the full Orange County Register story here.

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