TORONTO, April 16, 2015 /CNW/ - With the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games less than 100 days away, now is the time to join in the action, as tickets begin to go back on sale today at 1 p.m. (ET). Visit TORONTO2015.org/tickets for a detailed guide and full schedule of events.
The first Pan Am tickets to go back on sale include high-profile events such as the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, football (soccer), basketball and more. A second wave of events will be available on April 30, and all events for the Games will be back on sale by May 8.
Additional blocks of tickets will also be released for some of the hottest events where tickets had no longer been available, including the Opening Ceremony. All available tickets for the gold-medal finals for men's football, baseball and basketball were quickly snapped up as 350,000 tickets were sold before they went temporarily off sale in March, in order for seats to be allocated and to open up an exclusive sales window for Parapan Am tickets.
Great seats still remain for many events, however, including the preliminary rounds of basketball and football, where fans can see two games for the price of one at each session. There are also excellent opportunities to see top baseball prospects from the Americas compete.
Spectators can also be centre stage for the always-popular sports of baseball and softball for the Pan Am Games or the always exciting wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby at the Parapan Am Games.
With the roster of star athletes starting to be confirmed, including Canadian swimming star Ryan Cochrane, tickets are not expected to last long. Tickets can be purchased at TORONTO2015.org/tickets. Be sure to keep checking for updated ticket availability and competition schedules.
The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games ticket program is designed to be affordable and accessible for everyone by offering:
Integrated tickets: Every event ticket will allow the holder to access transit on the day of the event.
Affordable pricing: Tickets start at just $20, with 75 per cent of tickets priced $45 and under.
Half-price tickets for persons under 16 years of age, or 65 and over: Tickets will be offered at a 50 per cent discount — some will start at $10. The number of discounted tickets is limited, so buy early.
Tickets for Parapan Am sporting events will range from $20 to $35 for adults, with a youth (under 16) and senior (65+) discount from $10 to $12.50 available, depending on the event. The number of discounted tickets is limited, so don't delay.
Easy options for buying: Tickets can be purchased online at TORONTO2015.org/tickets or at 1.855.726.2015 and internationally at 1.949.333.4824.
The TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games will take place July 10–26 and the Parapan American Games August 7–15. The TORONTO 2015 Games are funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario, as well as Lead Partner CIBC and other partners and sponsors.
The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015) is tasked with managing and delivering the Games. It is working to bring some of the world's best athletes and artists to Toronto and the Greater Golden Horseshoe region, giving Ontarians a unique chance to be part of the action, and making the region a hub for sport.
Benoît Huot, Paralympic multi-medallist, swimming, and CIBC Team Next mentor:
"I am so excited to compete on home soil in front of friends, family and fellow Canadians. I truly believe the Parapan Am and Pan Am Games will inspire the next generation of champions. These Games represent a really special moment for all the athletes competing and representing Canada. I encourage all Canadians to make their way to Toronto this summer to cheer for our athletes."
Elise Marcotte, assistant chef de mission to Team Canada for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games:
"Our athletes are ready and are in their final stages of preparation to compete against the Americas here on home soil. Tickets are back on sale today, so please get behind Canada's athletes and take this rare opportunity to support them in our very own Greater Golden Horseshoe."
Mayor John Tory, City of Toronto :
"The Pan Am/Parapan Am Games are fast approaching. The excitement is building and soon our Canadian athletes will be competing on home soil in front of family and friends. Let's cheer them on! Tickets for the Pan and Parapan Games are both on sale now. Be sure to get yours while they last."
Saäd Rafi, chief executive officer, TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015):
"With Canada aiming to finish among the top two nations in the medal count, Canadians are excited to be a part of the experience and to see Canadian athletes make history in these home Games."
Michael Coteau, Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games:
"In less than three months, Ontarians will open their doors and their hearts to the world as we host the biggest sporting event in Canadian history. With every day that we get closer to the Opening Ceremony, you can feel the momentum and excitement build. I know how proud our Canadian athletes are to compete in front of home crowds at the Games, and the strong early demand for tickets shows that Canadians and fans the world over are just as excited to join in this special experience. The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games will be the event of the year, and I invite everyone to get their tickets while they can."
The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport):
"The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games are among the premier events being held during this Year of Sport in Canada. Our Government is very proud to support these Games, and I hope all Canadians will take the opportunity to see this world-class sporting event and cheer on our inspiring athletes."
Kenny Lally, six-time Canadian boxing champion and CIBC Team Next athlete:
"This summer's Pan Am Games will give Canadian athletes an amazing opportunity to compete on home soil. The excitement we take from the fans drives us even further to succeed, so I encourage all Canadians to buy a ticket, cheer us on and experience the energy of world-class competition."
SOURCE Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games
For further information: Teddy Katz, Director, media relations and chief spokesperson, TO2015, 416.957.2117, firstname.lastname@example.org