10 venues created for the Pan Am Games in Toronto
The Pan Am Games will be taking place at a number of different locations in and around Toronto but not all of them have been here for long. Toronto has worked feverishly over the last few years in preparation for this international event, making sure there is ample training and competition space for the 7,000 athletes coming to the city.
Here's a round-up of 10 new venues and facilities created for the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games in Toronto.
CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Aquatics Centre and Field House
This Scarborough building is one of the largest sport venues ever created for the Games. The Aquatics Centre has two 10-lane, 50-metre Olympic-size pools; a 5-metre deep diving tank; and a dry-land dive training facility. The Field House includes a large gymnasium that will be used for fencing and sitting volleyball during the Parapan Am Games.
Centennial Park Pan Am BMX Centre
The BMX Centre is a new addition to the park and will host all of the BMX competitions during the Pan Am Games. Riders will launch from an eight-metre ramp and then have to navigate a complex looped 350-metre track. After the games, the centre will be used by the public and a five-metre start ramp will be built for beginner riders.
Atos Markham Pan Am/Parapan Am Centre
This sporting venue can host a multitude of events with its triple gymnasium and Olympic-size pool. Located on Main St. in Markham, the Atos Markham Centre will be facilitating the badminton, table tennis, and water olo events during the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.
Pan Am/Parapan Am Fields
These two field hockey pitches can be found at the University of Toronto's St. George Campus. The turf is classified as water-based, which apparently reduces friction on the ball and makes the field ideal for field hockey specifically. During the Parapan Am Games, the fields will be used to host two football competitions.
This facility near Centennial Park was completely renovated to be used as a training site for athletes competing in swimming, water polo, diving, and synchronized swimming.
CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletics Stadium
Located at York University, this stadium has a 400-metre track and an infield for throwing and jumping sporting events, making it the perfect place to host some of the more iconic Pan Am events like track and field, javelin, shot put, pole vault, and the high jump. The CIBC Stadium will also be used for the opening ceremonies of the Parapan Am Games.
Toronto Track & Field Centre
The Track & Field Centre, located near the Athletics Stadium, will serve as a practice and warm up facility for the Pan Am and Parapan Am athletic events.
The indoor and outdoor tracks of Birchmount Stadium in Scarborough have been replaced for training purposes. Athletes training for track and field, as well as the triathlon, will be able to use this facility.
Cisco Milton Pan Am/Parapan Am Velodrome
This venue has a very specific purpose - cycling. The Velodrome has a 250-metre timber track with two 42-degree banks, making it the only facility of its kind in Canada. Located on Pan Am Blvd. in Milton, the Velodrome will be open all year round after the Games.
CIBC Hamilton Pan AM Soccer Stadium
Obviously, this stadium will be used for soccer (or football). The site chosen has some historical value - in 1930 the grounds were used to host the British Empire Games - and the design was meant to preserve that heritage. After the games it will host professional and amateur sports,as well as international events.
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