Hampton Virginia Will Make a Big Splash Next Summer


The Hampton Virginia Aquaplex, Virginia’s largest competitive aquatic facility, is opening summer 2022.

As Coastal Virginia’s geographic center and the proud home of the world’s greatest natural harbor, Hampton’s aquatic heritage is as deep as the Chesapeake Bay and as vast as the Atlantic Ocean. It’s only natural this beautiful coastal community will soon be home to one of the largest competitive aquatic facilities in the Mid-Atlantic:  the Hampton Virginia Aquaplex.

Set to open summer 2022 on the same campus as the Hampton Roads Convention Center and Hampton Coliseum, this state-of-the-art facility is the largest of its kind in Virginia. Purpose-built for competitive aquatics, the Aquaplex was designed to host Mid-Atlantic and national competitive swimming and diving events, artistic swimming, water polo, and more. Spectator seating for 1,500 overlook the eight-lane, 50-meter pool with two moveable bulkheads. Seating for 760 athletes occupies the wide, spacious pool decks for the smoothest of swim and dive event execution.


Hampton Virginia Aquaplex and Splash Down Park is a refreshing new option for aquatic competition and great family fun.

Swimmer warm-up and warm-down is a breeze in the eight-lane, 25-yard programming pool, and nearby multi-purpose rooms provide space for event staging and hospitable functionality. A culinary center with two purchase points ensure spectators never miss an exciting moment. Because it’s within an easy walk, the Hampton Roads Convention Center offers additional exhibitor and event space. Hotel accommodations surround the Aquaplex, ensuring easy-access to guest rooms for swimmers and their families. There are 1,200 rooms within walking distance, and more than 6,000 rooms within close proximity.

Most appealing is Hampton’s proximity to abundant family-friendly activities, beginning with Splash Down Park, an outdoor park for waterplay, sun and fun right on-site.  Restaurants, shopping and entertainment surround the event campus and beyond, plus the Virginia Air & Space Science Center, Fort Monroe National Monument, harbor tours, and four exciting beaches are right in Hampton. The Waterwalk connects Aquaplex visitors to Bass Pro Shops, Bluebird Gap Farm, Rosie’s Gaming Emporium, and Air Power Park. Plus, Hampton is surrounded by incredible world-class attractions like historic sites, theme parks, and the oceanfront in neighboring cities Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Newport News and Williamsburg.


The Hampton Roads Convention Center is in the same complex as the Hampton Virginia Aquaplex.

Multiple colleges and universities are located in Coastal Virginia; Hampton University, the College of William & Mary, Old Dominion University and Christopher Newport University to name a few. Collegiate and club swimming are abundant, and there exists a great spirit of regional partnership. Furthermore, the Hampton Convention & Visitor Bureau provides professionally-executed services that are customized according to each event.

Location is key, and Hampton’s is one of the best! Located immediately off I-64 where it meets I-664, the Hampton Virginia Aquaplex is ideally positioned to draw Mid-Atlantic attendance.  Hampton is located within 400 miles of 17-million people, and has convenient access to Norfolk International Airport, Newport News Williamsburg Airport and Amtrak train travel.

Hampton Virginia Aquaplex and swimmers, coaches and aquatic fans are made for each other. Whether training, competing, or relaxing slide-side, Aquaplex visitors are eager to dive into the specially-designed venue and, cap and googles aside,  explore all Hampton and Coastal Virginia have on deck.

Facility recap:

  • Eight-lane 50-meter competition pool with two moveable bulkheads
  • State of the art timing and scoring by Colorado Tim Systems
  • Eight-lane 25-yard programming pool
  • 1,500-seat elevated spectator viewing area
  • 760 on-deck competitor seating
  • Pool-side whirlpool jacuzzi
  • Diving well with two one-meter spring boards and two three-meter springboards
  • 2,030 sq. ft. Multipurpose Room
  • 1,270 sq. ft. Team Room
  • Culinary Center concession food service

Hampton Virginia Aquaplex and Splash Down Park is a refreshing new option for aquatic competition and great family fun. Summer 2022 can’t come soon enough!

For more information about the Hampton Virginia Aquaplex and Splash Down Park, please contact Hampton Convention & Visitor Bureau at 800-487-8778 or 757-722-1222, or visit SportsHampton.com


The above press release was posted by Swimming World in conjunction with Hampton Convention & Visitor Bureau.  For press releases and advertising inquiries please contact Advertising@SwimmingWorld.com.