Ft Lauderdale ‘International Swimming Hall of Fame’ Aquatic Complex Gets $27 Million Renovation

Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex
Photo Courtesy: Andy Ross

Fort Lauderdale’s aquatic complex, also known as the International Swimming Hall of Fame pool, will undergo a $27 million renovation, as voted on by city commissioners on Tuesday.

The city of Fort Lauderdale has been planning for over a decade to modernize the swimming and diving complex that was first opened in August 1965. The $27 million bid is $7 million higher than the city originally intended, but city officials felt it would be best for the future of the facility.

“This is a special day for the City of Fort Lauderdale and the entire aquatic community, both nationally and internationally. They have been working hard to make this happen for years.  All the aquatic sports think of Fort Lauderdale as their second home. Beginning in late 2020, there will be a resurgence of events and activities as this venue returns to its world-class status.

“This milestone, along with ISHOF’s commitment to sign a 30-year lease to remain in Fort Lauderdale, accomplishes two important goals that ISHOF’s Board and the community set out late last year.  Hat’s off to Commissioner Steven Glassman of District II who was instrumental in the vote along with Mayor Dean Trantalis, City Manager Lee Feldman, Aquatic Complex Manager Laura Voet, and the rest of the city commissioners,” said Brent Rutemiller – CEO for the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

Ten world records have been set in the facility from nine different swimmers, including ones from swimming legends Mary T. MeagherNatalie Coughlin and Michael Phelps. Coughlin became the first woman swimmer to break a minute in the 100 back long course at the 2002 Nationals and Phelps broke his first 400 IM world record at the same Nationals.

Swimming legends Mike BarrowmanMartin ZuberoKim LinehanAndy CoanPam Kruse and Catie Ball each set world records in the Hall of Fame pool as well.

There was possible talk of the International Swimming Hall of Fame moving to Santa Clara, California but that proposal never passed.

The aging facility has been in desperate need of a makeover; city leaders and swimmers and divers who use the pools agree.


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  1. Kerrie Otipoby

    Janel Lobur Ashley Lowry-Kinney Aimee Forth

    • Aimee Forth

      Wow!! For all that money I bet it will be very nice!!

  2. Vicki Marsh

    Yes. Y nationals back there!!!!

    • Julie Rider

      We will have to go back and check it out!

    • HE Heather

      Julie Rider Girls trip!

    • Kim Simpson Byars

      Bradley Scott They knew you were swimming there soon! Only the best for your party.

  3. Guy Eylon

    Anthony Coghlan
    The good old days

  4. avatar

    Send back Y NATS! Best meet ever!!

  5. Tim Anderson

    It’s about time. Let’s bring YNATS back to Ft. Lauderdale!

  6. avatar

    It’s about flipping time!! Bring back the international meets to FTL!!

  7. avatar
    Kurt Wienants

    Spectacular! My
    Home pool from a very young age. RIP Andy Coan! He would be happy.

  8. Kristin Livesay

    Lots of great meets and camps at this pool! Happy for this update!

  9. Mardi J. Coffelt

    Can’t believe it took over 10 years to make it happen‼️

  10. Wendy Flack

    Becca Flack Olivia Flack Danny Flack

  11. Lin Moore

    Looks phenomenal ! Love this venue

  12. Kourtney Trainor

    Does this mean you guys will be coming here for meets again?!?!

  13. avatar
    Weston Gadbois

    Hey Andy, nice pic

  14. Kevin Smith

    Scott Taylor…..impressive stuff!

  15. avatar

    Thanks and Best Regards!