The state-of-the-art 75,000-square-foot Liberty Natatorium, connected to the Liberty Indoor Track Complex on Liberty Mountain, will elevate Liberty University’s NCAA Division I women’s swimming & diving team and men's club swimming and water polo programs, while also attracting students and community members of all ages.
The natatorium, currently under construction, is expected to open November 2017.
Located beneath the LU monogram at the base of the mountain, the facility features a nine-lane, 50-meter pool with a movable bulkhead. A separate 17-foot-deep diving well includes 1- and 3-meter springboards and a three-column tower, featuring 1, 3, 5, 7.5 and 10-meter platforms. A surface agitator and a sparger system under all three tower columns ensures diver safety while training.
The 25-yard wide pool can be divided into 20 lanes for short-course training, with an additional eight lanes in the diving well, allowing multiple teams to practice concurrently. With its proximity to the indoor track, it is equipped to host indoor triathlons, as well.
The entire natatorium and indoor track complex will share a 6,554-square-foot weight room and 2,400-square-foot training room that includes a 1,000-square-foot hydro room with an underwater treadmill and two plunge pools kept at 57 degrees.
At 75,000 square feet, the natatorium will be much larger than the current LaHaye Aquatics Center pool, which will continue to be used for recreational purposes.
The new building will also feature a barreled roof and plenty of glass to allow for natural lighting. The facility will have a seating capacity of 1,414, with wraparound, three-sided bowl seating located along the 25-yard racing portion of the pool where collegiate competitions will take place. A unique feature for a swimming venue, top eight finalists will be introduced to the bowl seating via a permanent, built-in, 260-square-foot ready room.
Other features include a 13.6' x 43' main swimming video board, a secondary 6' x 10' diving scoreboard, 21-foot decks, a 720-square-foot athletic training room, varsity locker rooms, a 1,600-square-foot team lounge, a 1,400-square-foot wet classroom and an Elite Model Endless Pool.
Aside from the natatorium’s technical features, air and water quality are also of the highest importance. The natatorium combines a 1-2 micron regenerative filter with an ultraviolet light disinfect system, ensuring premium water quality amidst heavy usage. Air quality features include a Paddock Evacuator push/pull, in-gutter system. The first of its kind in the country, the system pumps in fresh air and exhausts stale air from the surface of the water, through the pool gutter, at 8,000 cubic feet per minute.
Like the adjacent track, the natatorium will be equipped to host regional, state and national meets for high school, collegiate, YMCA and USA Swimming programs, as well as offer training opportunities for professional athletes.
The facility will be equipped with the latest technology that will allow the Liberty Flames Sports Network to provide live broadcasts of Liberty’s home meets. It will also house a nutritional area with a juice bar/smoothie station to provide student-athletes with recovery protein shakes.