Harold Cliff Named President of Multisport Complex
Key figure in putting on Swim Trials in Omaha is named president of Multisport Complex in La Vista
Nebraska MultiSport Complex (NMSC), a nonprofit, championship athletic park scheduled to open in late 2018, today announced the appointment of Harold Cliff as President. Cliff assumed the position on September 1, 2016.
Cliff joins NMSC from the Omaha Sports Commission, the community-backed nonprofit dedicated to bringing amateur sports events to Omaha, where he served as President / Executive Director since 2008. Cliff’s success in securing major amateur sports events such as the 2008, 2012 and 2016 U.S. Olympic Swim Trials and the 2015 FIVB World Grand Prix Volleyball Championships and the 2013 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, has helped position Omaha as an amateur sports destination and generated millions of dollars in economic impact for the City of Omaha and the State of Nebraska.
“With the success of the 2016 US Swim Trials, the opportunity to run a state-of-the-art Complex for swimming, soccer and tennis means that I have the opportunity to help Nebraskans of all ages and abilities learn, train, and compete right here at home,” Cliff said. “I’m thrilled to join the Complex and look forward to making the Board’s vision of becoming one of the nation’s top amateur sports destination a reality.”
Cliff comes on board now to provide expertise and input on facility design, develop the necessary organizational infrastructure to operate NMSC, and create the facility use and event schedule well in advance of its opening. A top priority for Cliff is securing commitments from local user groups interested in using the Complex on a daily basis.
“We’re excited that Cliff has decided to stay in Omaha to open and run the Complex,” said Mike Cassling, Chair of the Board of Directors. “Cliff has a proven track record in project management, having overseen world-class sports events with television audiences in the billions.” Cassling added, “He is also known for creating events that astound spectators and at the same time support the athletes. This, along with his commitment to our community and the Project’s mission of healthy living, makes Cliff the ideal choice for our President.”
The last 15 years Cliff has focused on event management, attending competitions in over 100 countries. A four-year member of the FINA Technical Swimming Committee, Cliff worked for Swimming Canada for 12 years, including seven as its Chief Executive Officer. Following his tenure at Swimming Canada, he directed operational aspects of two FINA World Aquatic Championships. He was the General Manager of Sport at the 2007 World Championships in Melbourne, Australia and served as Vice President Competitions & Special Advisor for the event in Montreal in 2005. He was also the Chief Operating Officer of the highly successful 2008, 2012 2016 Olympic Team Trials – Swimming in Omaha.
About Nebraska MultiSport Complex
Nebraska MultiSport Complex (NMSC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to facilitating healthy living and athletic excellence to people of all ages, abilities and background through a state-ofthe-art, championship athletic campus.
Founded in 2012 after the purchase of the 2012 US Olympic Swim Trials warm-up pool, the organization is building a multisport facility concentrated on swimming, soccer and tennis. The athletic campus will feature a Natatorium with six bodies of water, a Tennis Center with 12 indoor and 12 outdoor tennis courts and four regulation Squash courts, and 12 regulation Playing Fields with field turf and lighting for soccer, rugby, field hockey and lacrosse.
The centerpiece of the campus will be the indoor championship pool manufactured by Myrtha Pools® of Castiglione delle Stiviere (MN), Italy. This 53m x 26m x 10-lane pool will be the fastest pool in North America and one of the only pools in the nation to meet the new international competition standards set by FINA, the world governing body for aquatics.
NMSC’s commitment to healthy living and athletics will extend to the entire community through a programming model with training and classes designed for all ages, including training and technology support for local teams and athletes. The athletic campus will also provide state-of-the-art accessibility and the facilities and equipment to enable teaching, fitness, sport and training programs for the disabled and those with special needs.
Construction expects to begin in late 2016 and the Complex anticipates opening in fall 2018. With new economic impact of nearly $18 million annually and an anticipated 1.2 million visitors each year, NMSC will become one of the top amateur sports facilities in the nation.
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