FINA Communication Department

With just a week to go until the first teams and officials arrive, the WFCU Centre in Windsor (CAN) which will be the venue of the upcoming 13th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), is in for a major transformation.

The WFCU Centre, in normal time an ice hockey rink home to the Windsor Spitfires, is being totally transformed into a 25m pool, which will stage the six-day competition from December 6-11.

WFCU Centre home to the Windsor Spitfire

The transformation works have started right after the last hockey game of the local team and the ice has already been melted. Crews are putting the pool base in place and the arena will be very soon filled with water.

The process of melting the ice is completed

The first four or five rows of seating will also be removed to make way for the pool deck, representing a lot of work to be done in just about two weeks.

Windsor authorities trust that the entire job should be done by December 1.

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About a thousand athletes from 175 countries will be taking part in this biennial Swimming Championships, while the city will also welcome around 500 delegates for the 4th FINA World Aquatics Convention preceding the Championships on December 3-5.