Host Profile:
The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) was founded in 1905 as a voluntary, self-supported non-profit organization to administer the junior and senior high school athletic and activities programs in the state of Washington. The WIAA currently serves approximately 400 member high schools and 400 member middle schools and operates over 120+ High School State Championship events each school year.

Event Profile:
The WIAA State Swimming & Diving Championships are the culmination of the high school swim & dive season. There are 3 classifications of state swimming and diving championships for both boys and girls (1A/2A, 3A and 4A). The Girls season is in the fall from August-November and the Boys is November- February.

Event Extent and Corresponding Dates:
The WIAA is looking to secure a facility that covers all four years of the next classification cycle (2024-2028) for this event. The following is a summary of the corresponding dates for each of those years:

2024-2025 2025-2026 2026-2027 2027-2028
Girls: November 14-16
Boys: February 20-22
Girls: November 13-15
Boys: February 19-21
Girls: November 12-14
Boys: February 18-20
Girls: November 11-13
Boys: February 17-19

Projected Attendee Profile (Subject to Change):
  • High school swimmers and divers from across the state
  • Families and classmates of the participating student-athletes
  • WIAA Staff, Event Staff, Sponsors and Vendors
Facility Requirements:
  • Two eight (8) lane swimming pools with separate (preferred) dive tank. Spectator seating to accommodate up to 3000 spectators.
  • Facility with ticket gate / pass gate entrances with ease of managing and separating participants and spectators.
  • Restrooms.
  • Scoreboard / Sound System.
  • Internet Access (open for streaming, live scoring, and social media.)
  • Booth / Designated area for media, streaming, event staff.
  • Private meeting area for up to 30 officials.
  • Sufficient Parking for spectators and participants including school busses.
  • Sufficient Seating for spectators including space for students and ability to adequately separate school communities.
  • Emergency Action Plan.
  • Space for vendor/sponsor displays/booths.
Additional Facility Preferences:
  • Additional space for teams to meet and warm up.
  • Ice / water on site for sports medicine.
  • Concessions for spectators or allowance for outside vendors.
Host Responsibilities
  • On-site Event Manager
  • Facility maintenance, set-up and management
  • Pass gate for teams and officials
  • Parking attendants / traffic flow
  • Scoreboard operator
  • Custodial / clean up
  • Hospitality area (with food and beverages) for working media and tournament staff
Hotel Requirements: The host city must have access to safe, reasonably priced hotel rooms for schools that must travel.

Community Involvement: Seeking community involvement is encouraged to enhance the event for participants and spectators alike. Hosts that can provide meals, gifts and courtesy relationships are preferred. The WIAA reserves the right to determine any promotion of such involvement and to review the details of any agreements.

Current Site: King County Aquatic Center (Federal Way)

Financial Agreement: It shall be the decision of the bidding organization as to the amount of the financial aspect / agreement in their bid, and if so, what that amount shall be. Any costs to the WIAA must be outlined in the proposal. The host can retain all parking and concessions, provided that complimentary parking is provided for WIAA staff and officials, as well as team busses. If charging for parking, the rate must be included in this bid for review. The WIAA retains the right to establish ticket prices.

BID TIMELINE: Open June 22, 2023 – Closes August 1, 2023
SITE VISIT(S): August/September as needed
BOARD DECISION: September 2023
SPORT CONTACT: Andy Barnes, WIAA Assistant Executive Director