Organizers Unveil Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games Plan

Organizers of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am revealed a venue plan for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games bid that will see events staged in Toronto and across the Greater Golden Horseshoe Region.

Should Toronto host the 2015 Pan Am Games, the games would be held for 17 days between July 10-26, and the Parapan Am Games would run for eight days, from August 7-14.

Several events would be held in the city of Toronto, including the Opening and Closing Ceremonies proposed for the Rogers Centre, basketball at the Air Canada Centre and Football (soccer) at BMO Field. Ontario Place and Exhibition Place and its facilities will host open water swimming, cycling, fencing, artistic and rhythmic gymnastics, handball, karate, fencing, squash, triathlon, beach volleyball, and water-ski wakeboard. The Royal Canadian Yacht Club would host sailing, while weightlifting would be at Roy Thomson Hall.

Varsity Stadium would host the Parapan Am Games as well as their Opening and Closing Ceremonies. The Athletes’ Village would be located there.

Events being held across the region include rowing in St. Catharines, BMX cycling on Barrie’s waterfront, and indoor shooting in Ajax.

According to the Toronto Star if Hamilton agrees to contribute at least $94 million toward a $150 million 15,000-seat stadium it would host the track and field events. A new 50-metre pool at McMaster University in Hamilton would be used for training, and a permanent velodrome for cycling.

Existing facilities would be used at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga (taekwondo and judo), at Richmond Hill’s Green Park (baseball) and at Brampton’s Powerade Centre (wrestling).

Venues for a few sports have reportedly not yet been finalized, including equestrian and field hockey, and the location of the athlete’s village has not yet been set.

David Peterson, Chair of Toronto’s 2015 Pan Am bid said, “the venue plan is a critical component of our bid to host the 2015 Pan and Parapan Am Games. We have come up with an exciting and achievable plan that is good for Toronto, good for the Greater Golden Horseshoe region, and good for an excellent Games”.

He added, “just because we put forward the best bid doesn’t mean we will win”.

The bid book is to be submitted by April 30.