We’d love to see our fans at State supporting the guys! But the State meet can be a crazy atmosphere, and with everyone heading to a brand new location – this is more true than ever!
So we’ve shared some tips and extra info to help! The state meet kicks off at noon Saturday (2/10). The state swimming qualifiers and coaches will leave Lincoln at 7:15 a.m. to be in Iowa City by 9:00 a.m., which is when the pass gate opens.
Admission is $10 per person. Each school can order advanced tickets with two options – over the competition pool and over the warm-up pool. Competition pool tickets are limited to three tickets per qualifying swimmer. That means this year – we are receiving 15 tickets that will be all together over the competition pool. Warm-pool tickets are also sold in advance and should be seated together. These tickets were all reserved by noon on Sunday, Feb. 4. This deadline was shared on social media and explained at the celebratory dinner.
General admission tickets are behind the glass and in the gymnasium across from the pool arena. They are not inside the arena and will not have “cheering sections” with fans from the same team all sitting together (like above). There will be no saving of seats in the general admission section. Doing so will result in your removal from the meet. We believe that wristbands will be issued and must be worn for the entire meet.
Because of this new ticketing procedure, there will be no auxiliary gym for waiting spectators. The doors will open at 11:00AM and that is when general admission tickets will go on sale.
If you can’t make the drive, meet results will be posted on the Iowa Athletic Union website in real time. Meet Mobile should also have results. Or you can watch a live stream of the meet. Visit NFHSNetwork.com for more details.
Tips & Misc. Info
- Send money with your athlete! State shirts sell quickly, especially in the popular designs. While the memo says shirts will go on sale at 11:00AM, we find it’s best to be prepared in case shirts go on sale early. State attire tends to be pricey – ranging from $15-$60 depending on if the item is a t-shirt, long-sleeve shirt, sweatshirt or quarter-zip pullover.
- Arrive early! We know there’s no gym anymore. But arriving early can allow anyone sitting in general admission to find a meeting spot, pay for their tickets together and go find seats together. You’ll be more likely to be able to sit in a group if you are there early. Remember, over 1500 people will be coming to watch the meet.
- Parking is $5. Check out the map of available lots. For those with general admission tickets, we recommend you pick a parking lot so you can park in the same area and walk in together.
- Be sure you enter the Rec Center at the right spot. Here’s an entrance and facility map. Use the green spectator entrance.
- Concessions, t-shirts, and programs will be available for purchase beginning at 11:00 AM.
- Programs for the state meet are $3.00.
Official Rules & Information from the Association
The general public will be admitted into the facility through doors located at the corner of W Burlington St and W Madison St. The price of all tickets for the state swimming meet is $10.00. All children age 3 and up will require a ticket to sit in the reserved section. Children not yet in school are not charged to sit in the general admission seating. With this being a reserved ticketing event, there will not be an auxiliary gymnasium available for spectators prior to the doors opening for the meet. The doors to the natatorium will open at 11:00 am. Tents and other shelters cannot be set up outside of the CRWC.
There will be no video of the state meet available for purchase. Spectators are welcome to video from their seats, but they will not be allowed on the deck area. Tripods will not be allowed for videotaping. Signs, banners, and artificial noisemakers are prohibited.
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