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Toronto 2015 Organizing Committee Announces Venues for Pan American Games

The Toronto 2015 organizing committee announced the new plan for the Pan Am Games, which the city will host in July 2015. Mayor Rob Ford and athletes including gymnast Rosie MacLellan and basketball player Aaron Doornekamp attended the announcement.
The Toronto 2015 organizing committee announced the new plan for the Pan Am Games, which the city will host in July 2015. Mayor Rob Ford and athletes including gymnast Rosie MacLellan and basketball player Aaron Doornekamp attended the announcement.
Photo: CNW Group/Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games
On Friday at the Corus Entertainment building, the Toronto 2015 organizing committee announced the venues for the upcoming Pan American Games. They opted to establish core destinations, which will each host two or more sports, saving money and reducing transportation logistics for the July 2015 competition. The venue “clusters” will both take advantage of existing facilities and build new ones.
 
A major change from the original bid to host the games, Toronto 2015 has increased the number of venue clusters from five to eight and decreased standalone venues from 26 to 10. “Fundamentally, every time you have a standalone venue, that drives complexity,” said Ian Troop, C.E.O. of Toronto 2015, in the press release. In addition to reducing costs and logistical planning, Troop explained that clusters provide a better spectator experience, giving guests a range of sports to choose from in a single location.
 
The Toronto Pan Am Park at Exhibition Place will be the largest cluster. Situated near the CIBC Pan and Parapan American Games Athletes’ Village, the area will host a dozen sports, including triathlon, squash, and rugby. It will also include cultural attractions. “We expect people to have the opportunity to listen to live music, to enjoy the food of the region, to meet the athletes of the region,” Troop said.
 
Clusters will be located across the Greater Toronto Area in University of Toronto Scarborough and Downtown campuses, Mississauga, Markham, Etobicoke, and York University. Brand new venues include a complex at the U of T Scarborough campus for swimming and diving, a $150 million soccer stadium in Hamilton, and the 142,000-square-foot Markham Pan Am Complex for water polo and badminton. Toronto 2015 must still find venues for golf, baseball, softball, and shooting.
 
The Pan Am Games will run from July 10 to 26 and the Parapan Am Games will run from August 7 to 14. The games are expected to draw 10,000 athletes and officials to the city.
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