Rogers Centre, Ontario Place Among Venues Proposed for 2015 Pan Am Games

By Susan O'Neill February 18, 2009, 4:00 PM EST

The team behind Toronto's bid for the 2015 Pan Am Games has released a list of proposed venues for the 17-day event. The Toronto Star reports that the Rogers Centre would host the opening and closing ceremonies, with sports like artistic and rhythmic gymnastics slated for Ricoh Coliseum. The triathlon would start at Ontario Place and end at Exhibition Place, and the Direct Energy Centre would host fencing, karate, and handball.

The proposal, released Wednesday by bid chair David Peterson, covers 38 sports in 16 municipalities including Ajax, Barrie, and St. Catharines. The majority of events would be held in existing venues, with the exception of the proposed Canadian Sports Institute Ontario at the University of Toronto's Scarborough campus, which would include an aquatics centre. The location of the athletes' village has not been determined. The $1.4 million bid is due April 30, and the Pan American Sports Organization will announce the winning city in November.

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