From OpenwaterpediaMarine Stadium in Long Beach, California, U.S.A. is one of the world's premier water skiing facilities - and an ideal flat-water location for open water swims.
It is situated in the middle of one of America's largest population centers in Southern California and is blessed with great weather nearly year-round.
Besides the GPS-marked course, the venue offers great spectator viewing, a sand beach, boat launches, rest rooms, picnicking and ample parking. It is site of the Swim Across America Long Beach event.
The stadium was built for the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics rowing competition and used at the following major competitions
- - 1968 USA Olympic rowing trials.
- - 2010 USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships
- - 2010 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships
- - several triathlons in the 1980s including a BudLight Triathlon Series
Marine Stadium was also recently designated as an official historic site by the State of California.
Power Boat Racing
The Southern California Speedboat Club (SCSC) has been putting on professional power boat races at Marine Stadium since 1946. SCSC continues that great tradition with the annual SEA FESTIVAL event "The Long Beach Sprint Nationals" held annually in August. Race teams from across the nation converge on the "birthplace" of powerboat racing on the West Coast to try to capture the National Championship at world famous Long Beach Marine Stadium.
The Marine Stadium Hotline is +1-562-570-3203 for information on closures due to special events.
It was also site one of the most exciting finishes in American open water swimming history (see below left) and site of one of the leading educational open water swimming videos (see below right):