Pools Are Boring
If basketball can do this, why not swimming?
Playing a basketball game on an aircraft carrier would be cool if it was a bunch of d3 swimming scrubs, but elite players makes it even cooler. College basketball isn’t the first sport to do it either. Recently, Notre Dame played Army at Wrigley Field and several hockey teams have played at football stadiums (outdoors). It’s hard to argue that any of these sports need more attention, but they go for it anyway.
Why isn’t swimming doing this? Will it just be looked at as a gimmick if we do? Why would it be different?
I suppose the problem is where… Where could swimmers swim outside of a pool? A lake? Yeah, a lake would be cool. The ocean? Yeah, that’d be cool. I’m not talking about open water swimming either. I’m talking strokes and short events, but no walls, just point A to point B. The advantage of this would be that swimming is so time oriented and record oriented that once you move people away from those spots, you can get people focused on racing and not times.
What about a lazy river? Maybe a wave pool? I don’t know. Maybe these are crazy and either 25 yards, 25 meters or 50 meters are the only way to go. I think it’d be fun to try something new though. Any better ideas? Like some of my ideas? Hate my ideas? Post it below.