TORONTO, Aug. 23 /CNW/ - Part-way through its review to confirm venues
for the Pan and Parapan American Games, Toronto 2015 plans to add
Athletics and Rugby to Tennis at the York University Keele campus,
creating a new cluster of events for greater high-performance sport
legacy value and increased travel and operations efficiencies, Ian
Troop, CEO of Toronto 2015 announced today.
"The York cluster is an all-round benefit to the delivery of the Games,"
said Troop. "Accelerating the review of these venues moves us an
important step closer to on-budget and on-time Games readiness."
Toronto 2015 will continue to assess the venues for all three sports and
will present recommendations on its full venue plan to its Board of
Directors in September. The board approval will then be confirmed by
the Games partners.
"We are thrilled about this development, as it is a tremendous
opportunity for York University, as well as the broader community," said
Mamdouh Shoukri, York University President & Vice-Chancellor. "In
pursuing these discussions, the university will be guided by a clear set
of principles, including alignment with the university's future needs
and the efficient use of its land, and the needs of our community
With Tennis, Rugby and Pan and Parapan Athletics sited in a single
location, operations will be more efficient and the new cluster will
bolster spectator interest and sport and community legacy value. The
accessibility and legacy value of this facility also will be enhanced
when the Toronto-York Spadina subway extension is completed.
The original venue plan placed Rugby competition at Fletcher's Fields in
Markham. After evaluating input by Rugby Canada and a detailed venue
assessment, Toronto 2015 determined the venue would serve best as a
Training site. The venue will be upgraded for the Games and long-term
About the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games
The Pan American Games is one of the world's largest international
multi-sport events, held every four years for athletes of the 42 member
nations of the Pan American Sport Organization (PASO). The Games
comprise all Summer Olympic Games sports, as well as traditional Pan
American sports. The Toronto 2015 Pan / Parapan American Games will draw
10,000 athletes and officials and feature 48 sports in 17 municipalities
across the Greater Golden Horseshoe area. The Toronto 2015 Pan American
Games will take place July 10-26 and the Parapan American Games August
SOURCE Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games
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Liz Borowiec, Toronto 2015