Bakersfield College William A. Wheeler Aquatic Center
The remodeled Bakersfield College pool facility was completed in the summer of 2002. The approximately $3 million facelift included the addition of a 50-meter by 25-yard Olympic-sized competition pool to supplement the 25-yard lap pool. Charlie Pike, the new head coach of the Bakersfield College swimming team, said the pool, which was imported from Italy, was the first of its kind to be built on the West Coast. The sides of the pool are constructed of stainless steel. McDonald's used the Bakersfield College swimming pool as a backdrop for its Olympic television advertising campaign for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.