The councils of the City of Toronto and the City of Hamilton voted Monday to support Toronto’s bid for the 2015 Pan American Games.
The Hon. David Peterson, Chair of the Toronto 2015 bid committee said, “the Councils of both Toronto and Hamilton each have made an important and valuable decision that will provide these communities jobs, tourists, international profile, home-town improvements and a strong platform for opportunities into the future. I’d like to congratulate both Toronto Mayor David Miller and Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger for their partnership in helping us drive the Games vision forward. Not only will their communities benefit, but so will the entire region”.
Should the Pan Am Games bid be successful Toronto would get a new Pan Am Games Aquatics Centre, the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario, and a number of venue upgrades, among others.
Hamilton’s venues include a new 15,000-seat stadium a permanent velodrome and a 50-metre competitive pool.
The Toronto 2015 Pan Am bid book must be submitted by the end of April to the Games governing body, the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO), and a final decision on the host city for the 2015 Pan Am Games is expected to be made by PASO this fall.