Information for spectators

Information for spectators.

The ASA National Summer Championships (50m) 2016 is the premier long course event in the ASA National calendar with hundreds of the most talented swimmers from around the country converging on Ponds Forge in Sheffield.

While we will be streaming every session live for free during the Championships, there is nothing quite like watching the action unfold from the stands at Ponds Forge.

Here is some useful information if you are planning to attend the ASA National Summer Championships (50m) 2016 as a spectator.

  • Where can I buy tickets?

Tickets are available to purchase on the door in the Ponds Forge foyer, subject to availability.

Head to Ticketmaster for further information.

  • What is the schedule for the competition?

The ASA National Summer Championships (50m) 2016 takes place from 1 – 5 August.

Head to our Schedule page for both a detailed PDF version and a simplified version of the daily schedule.

  • When will doors open?

Doors will open for spectators 90 minutes before each session starts, coinciding with the pre-session warm-up times.

  • Where can I follow results?

You will be able to track results and follow a live stream of the action for days you cannot attend. The live stream will start ten minutes before the schedule start time of each session.

  • Can I order a digital copy of a day to playback?

Yes you can! You can relive any or all days of the ASA National Summer Championships (50m) 2016 by purchasing full race replays on a memory stick.

Head to our Footage Orders page for information on how to order your memory sticks.

  • Can I park at the venue?

We recommend that spectators park just across the road at Castle Gate Q-Park, Broad Street where discounted prices will be honoured for Ponds Forge customers.

Please collect a discounted car parking ticket from Main Reception at Ponds Forge. Monday – Sunday: £1 per hour up to a maximum of £6 (terms and conditions apply).

Alternatively, you may wish to use Nunnery Square Park and Ride, just off the Sheffield Parkway A57.

Dedicated disabled parking spaces are available on the top level of the Ponds Forge car park.

  • What facilities will be available at the venue?

There will be provisions to buy food and drink in the venue. Ponds Forge cafe ‘foodetc’ has an excellent menu and special offers which provide a varied choice from quick snacks to healthy meals and tasty food for kids.

There will also be event merchandise and Speedo merchandise available to purchase from the foyer during the Championships.

  • Can I take pictures?

The responsible use of photos and moving images is fine. There will be official event photographers from whom you will be able to purchase professional images at

DE Photo will also be printing photos on site for sale from their stand in the foyer.

The ASA’s photography policy is outlined in the Event Programme and there is useful information about child welfare in the ASA’s Wavepower document.

  • Can I leave a public message of support or congratulations for my favourite swimmer or team?

It has never been easier to leave messages of support for competitors or teams.

Head to our Messages Of Support page to leave a shout out on the Hub.

Alternatively, head over to Twitter and use the hashtag #ASANat2016 – your message might even be read out in-venue by the commentators!


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