Toronto 2015 Pan Am bid team unveils venue plan

    Games will generate jobs and needed infrastructure investment across
    Greater Golden Horseshoe

    TORONTO, Feb. 18 /CNW/ - The Hon. David Peterson, Chair of the Toronto
2015 Pan American Games Bid, revealed today a venue plan that will see Games
events staged in Toronto and across the Greater Golden Horseshoe region over
25 days in July and August, 2015.
    "The venue plan is a critical component of our bid to host the 2015 Pan
and Parapan Am Games," said Peterson. "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."
    The 2015 Pan Am Games would run for 17 days, July 10 to 26, followed by
the Parapan Games running for eight days, August 7 to 14. The venue plan
combines using new and existing facilities in Toronto and the Greater Golden
Horseshoe for competitions, training facilities, Games operations and
accommodations for athletes and officials.
    The Games would bring a total $1.4 billion injection of federal,
provincial, municipal and private funding into sports infrastructure for broad
community benefits and long-term athlete development in Ontario for years to
come. It would also trigger more than 15,000 jobs in construction, tourism and
event support.
    "We have a first-rate plan that's evolved out of a tremendous spirit of
collaboration and partnership of the federal government, Ontario, many
municipalities, the Canadian Olympic Committee and others that have come
forward to support these Games," said Jagoda Pike, President and COO, Toronto
    Competitions, training and event operations would be staged in three
primary Games Zones across Toronto and the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

    Central Games Zone

    The plan includes a core cluster of events in Toronto:
    -  Rogers Centre is proposed for Pan Am Games Opening and Closing
       Ceremonies and Baseball. Basketball will be 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 Rythmic Gymnastics,
       Handball, Karate, Fencing, Squash, Triathlon, Beach Volleyball,
       Waterski Wakeboard, and Sailing at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club.
    -  Weightlifting will be at Roy Thomson Hall and Nathan Phillips Square
       and Ontario Place will be Festival Sites.
    -  Varsity Stadium will host the Parapan Am Games Opening and Closing
    -  The Athletes' Village will be located here.

    Surrounding communities are part of the Central Games Zone:
    -  The Etobicoke Olympium will be a training site for Diving. Centennial
       Park will be a training site for Football and Parapan Football.
    -  Archery will be at Sunnybrook Park.

    In other municipalities within the Central Games Zone:
    -  Brampton will host Wrestling at the Powerade Centre and local venues
       will host a Cricket Exhibition and training for Racquetball and
    -  Events in Mississauga will be hosted at the Hershey Centre with
       Taekwondo, Judo and Parapan Judo; Mississauga Iceland will host
       Artistic and Track Roller Sports and Classic Bowl will host Bowling.
    -  Markham will have a new 50-metre pool for Water Polo and training for
       Parapan Aquatics. Badminton, Table Tennis and Parapan Table Tennis
       will be at Centennial Community Centre, and Rugby will be at
       Fletcher's Fields.
    -  Richmond Hill will host Baseball games at Richmond Green Park.

    Other Central Games Zone highlights:
    -  Toronto's universities are key participants: Racquetball and
       Basketball (training) is at Ryerson and York is hosting Athletics
       (training) and Tennis at the Rexall Centre. University of Toronto
       campuses would see Parapan American Games Opening and Closing
       Ceremonies, Modern Pentathlon (Swimming), Parapan Football, Futsal,
       and Swimming (training).
    -  The Canadian Sports Institute Ontario (CSIO) and the Pan Am Games
       Aquatics Centre are major legacy developments, with the City of
       Toronto and the University of Toronto in partnership. The CSIO will
       provide sport science, support and performance resources for long-term
       community benefits and athlete development. The Aquatics Centre will
       be a national high-performance centre, accessible to Ontario athletes
       currently underserved in elite training.
    -  Variety Village is the site for two Parapan events - Goal Ball and
       Power Lifting.
    -  The Metro Toronto Convention Centre is the proposed Media and
       Broadcast Centre.

    East Games Zone

    A number of competition and training events are slated for the east:
    -  Ajax will host Shooting and Modern Pentathlon (Running/Shooting and
       Equestrian components)
    -  In Oshawa, the General Motors Centre will be the site of Boxing;
       Durham College will host Parapan Boccia; Softball will be at Lakefront
       West Park and Shooting at the Oshawa Gun Club.
    -  Whitby's Iroquois Sport Park and its planned Durham Abilities Centre -
       a focal point for the Parapan Am Games - will host Parapan Tennis and

    West Games Zone

    The West Games Zone features a cluster of facilities in Hamilton:
    -  Games' favourite Athletics and Parapan Athletics are proposed to be
       held in a new stadium.
    -  A permanent velodrome is proposed for Track Cycling.
    -  McMaster University will be the location for a new pool for Aquatics
       (training) Parapan Athletics and Athletics (training) and Volleyball
    -  Copps Coliseum will host Indoor Volleyball and Ron Joyce Stadium will
       be a Football site.

    In Burlington:
    -  Sherwood Park will be a Football site.

    Outer clusters

    There are sports with specific requirements that traditionally place them
outside the primary Games area. These are proposed for ideal facilities across
the region:

    To the north:
    -  Barrie's Waterfront is the proposed site for BMX Cycling.
    -  Minden's Wild Water Preserve will be the site for Canoe/Kayak Slalom.
    -  Hardwood Hills in Oro will be the site for Cycling Mountain Bike.

    To the south:
    -  Niagara Falls is the proposed site for a Welcome Centre for visitors.
    -  St. Catharines' Royal Canadian Henley Regatta Course will host Rowing.
    -  Welland's International Flatwater Centre will be the location for
       Canoe/Kayak Sprint.

    The Pan Am Games are a major international multi-sport event, held every
four years for athletes of the 42 PASO member nations. The Pan American Games
consists of all Summer Olympic sports, plus other non-Olympic events, and
serve as an Olympic-qualifier for a number of participating sports. The last
edition of the games was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in July 2007 and the
next edition is scheduled to take place in Guadalajara, Mexico in October

For further information:

For further information: Liz Borowiec, Toronto 2015, (416) 326-4982

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