This summer Toronto and surrounding communities will play host to the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games. Close to 7,000 athletes will be descending onto Toronto to compete in 51 different sports. The overall budget for TORONTO 2015 is around $1.4 billion, including up to $377.1 million allocated by the Government of Canada for the construction of new sport facilities. Here are three of the largest new Toronto builds for the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.
CIBC Pan AM / Parapan Am Aquatics Centre and Field House
Costing $205.1 million, this is the largest new facility being built for TORONTO 2015. The facility, being housed in the University of Toronto’s Scarborough Campus will include two Olympic-sized pools; a deep diving tank with up to 10-metre platforms; an indoor recreational track and fitness area; a sport performance services; and, dry-land training facilities.
Hamilton Pan Am Soccer Stadium
Costing $145.7 million, this new soccer stadium will have a maximum capacity of 40,000. This multi-purpose stadium is located in Hamilton, and will host all soccer matches during the Games. It was built on the site of the former Ivor Wynne Stadium, a 29,600 capacity football stadium used by the Canadian Football Leagues’ Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
Cisco Milton Pan Am / Parapan Am Velodrome
Costing $56 million, this Category 1 indoor 250m timber track is the only facility of its kind in Canada – and only the second that meets top international standards in North America. Included in this Milton facility are basketball and volleyball courts, along with a recreational running track, a training lab, and a fitness centre.
The Pan Am Games kick off on July 10, and the Parapan Am Games begin on August