Pan Am stadium at York U. slated to be completed in August

Community Jul 31, 2014 by Fannie Sunshine North York Mirror

With a year to go before the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games come to Toronto and surrounding area, the athletic stadium being built at York University is on track to be available for use a full 10 months prior to the opening ceremony.

As of late July, the 5,000 fixed-seat stadium (12,000 seats will be available for the Games) is about 85 per cent built, with expected completion set for August, said Terence D. Foran of Infrastructure Ontario, the Crown corporation working with TO2015 and other partners to develop infrastructure projects for the Games.

“Masonry work and field of play lighting are complete,” he said. “Fire safety, window installation and concrete curbing for the field of play are close to being complete.”

Some 7,000 athletes from across Latin America, South America, the Caribbean and North America are expected to congregate in Toronto and across the Golden Horseshoe in 36 Pan Am sports and 15 Parapan Am sports when the Games come to town next summer. The Pan Am Games will run July 10 to 26, followed by the Parapan Am Games Aug. 7 to 15.

The stadium, part of a bundle of venues being built in the Greater Toronto Area, including a stadium in Hamilton and a velodrome in Milton, will see the federal government kick in $25.5 million towards the project, while York University will contribute up to $20 million, Foran said.

Since the stadium will be used for track and field events, and since activity level will be low in the fall, academic classes for the department of kinesiology will be held at the site, said Jennifer Myers, York University’s director of sport and recreation.

“There won’t be extensive use before the Games,” she said.

But after the Games, Athletics Canada and Athletics Ontario will have exclusive use of a set number of hours every year, and York will run its own track and field program out of the stadium, along with hosting rugby matches, Myers said, adding rugby is currently played on one of the side fields at the Keele Street and Steeles Avenue campus.

“There is potential to host larger rugby events now,” she said, adding track and field events are currently run out of the Toronto Track and Field Centre on campus through a land lease agreement between York and the city. “The stadium is a nice addition to the Toronto Track and Field Centre. It’s right across the street.”

The university was approached by Pan Am organizers interested in a possible partnership, Myers said.

“Clearly it’s a great opportunity,” she said. “To invest that kind of money into a significant athletics facility...we’re pretty excited and pretty excited to have it at York.”

Once complete, the athletic stadium will be owned and operated by York, she said.

According to the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am website, the Pan American Games are the world’s third largest international multi-sport Games, only surpassed in size and scope by the Olympic Summer Games and the Asian Games.

The first Pan American Games were held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1951 and the inaugural Parapan American Games were held in Mexico City in 1999. Both the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games are held every four years for the athletes of the 41 Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) member nations, in the year preceding the Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games.

Excluding 2015, Canada has hosted the Pan Am Games twice, in 1967 and 1999, both times in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Games were awarded to Toronto in 2009, giving the province its first international multi-sport event since the British Empire Games in 1930. Some 20,000 volunteers will help out in municipalities from Oshawa to Welland when the Games come to Toronto next summer.

The overall budget for the Games is $1.44 billion, split almost equally between the operating and capital development budgets.

Pan Am stadium at York U. slated to be completed in August

Community Jul 31, 2014 by Fannie Sunshine North York Mirror

With a year to go before the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games come to Toronto and surrounding area, the athletic stadium being built at York University is on track to be available for use a full 10 months prior to the opening ceremony.

As of late July, the 5,000 fixed-seat stadium (12,000 seats will be available for the Games) is about 85 per cent built, with expected completion set for August, said Terence D. Foran of Infrastructure Ontario, the Crown corporation working with TO2015 and other partners to develop infrastructure projects for the Games.

“Masonry work and field of play lighting are complete,” he said. “Fire safety, window installation and concrete curbing for the field of play are close to being complete.”

Some 7,000 athletes from across Latin America, South America, the Caribbean and North America are expected to congregate in Toronto and across the Golden Horseshoe in 36 Pan Am sports and 15 Parapan Am sports when the Games come to town next summer. The Pan Am Games will run July 10 to 26, followed by the Parapan Am Games Aug. 7 to 15.

The stadium, part of a bundle of venues being built in the Greater Toronto Area, including a stadium in Hamilton and a velodrome in Milton, will see the federal government kick in $25.5 million towards the project, while York University will contribute up to $20 million, Foran said.

Since the stadium will be used for track and field events, and since activity level will be low in the fall, academic classes for the department of kinesiology will be held at the site, said Jennifer Myers, York University’s director of sport and recreation.

“There won’t be extensive use before the Games,” she said.

But after the Games, Athletics Canada and Athletics Ontario will have exclusive use of a set number of hours every year, and York will run its own track and field program out of the stadium, along with hosting rugby matches, Myers said, adding rugby is currently played on one of the side fields at the Keele Street and Steeles Avenue campus.

“There is potential to host larger rugby events now,” she said, adding track and field events are currently run out of the Toronto Track and Field Centre on campus through a land lease agreement between York and the city. “The stadium is a nice addition to the Toronto Track and Field Centre. It’s right across the street.”

The university was approached by Pan Am organizers interested in a possible partnership, Myers said.

“Clearly it’s a great opportunity,” she said. “To invest that kind of money into a significant athletics facility...we’re pretty excited and pretty excited to have it at York.”

Once complete, the athletic stadium will be owned and operated by York, she said.

According to the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am website, the Pan American Games are the world’s third largest international multi-sport Games, only surpassed in size and scope by the Olympic Summer Games and the Asian Games.

The first Pan American Games were held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1951 and the inaugural Parapan American Games were held in Mexico City in 1999. Both the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games are held every four years for the athletes of the 41 Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) member nations, in the year preceding the Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games.

Excluding 2015, Canada has hosted the Pan Am Games twice, in 1967 and 1999, both times in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Games were awarded to Toronto in 2009, giving the province its first international multi-sport event since the British Empire Games in 1930. Some 20,000 volunteers will help out in municipalities from Oshawa to Welland when the Games come to Toronto next summer.

The overall budget for the Games is $1.44 billion, split almost equally between the operating and capital development budgets.

Pan Am stadium at York U. slated to be completed in August

Community Jul 31, 2014 by Fannie Sunshine North York Mirror

With a year to go before the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games come to Toronto and surrounding area, the athletic stadium being built at York University is on track to be available for use a full 10 months prior to the opening ceremony.

As of late July, the 5,000 fixed-seat stadium (12,000 seats will be available for the Games) is about 85 per cent built, with expected completion set for August, said Terence D. Foran of Infrastructure Ontario, the Crown corporation working with TO2015 and other partners to develop infrastructure projects for the Games.

“Masonry work and field of play lighting are complete,” he said. “Fire safety, window installation and concrete curbing for the field of play are close to being complete.”

Some 7,000 athletes from across Latin America, South America, the Caribbean and North America are expected to congregate in Toronto and across the Golden Horseshoe in 36 Pan Am sports and 15 Parapan Am sports when the Games come to town next summer. The Pan Am Games will run July 10 to 26, followed by the Parapan Am Games Aug. 7 to 15.

The stadium, part of a bundle of venues being built in the Greater Toronto Area, including a stadium in Hamilton and a velodrome in Milton, will see the federal government kick in $25.5 million towards the project, while York University will contribute up to $20 million, Foran said.

Since the stadium will be used for track and field events, and since activity level will be low in the fall, academic classes for the department of kinesiology will be held at the site, said Jennifer Myers, York University’s director of sport and recreation.

“There won’t be extensive use before the Games,” she said.

But after the Games, Athletics Canada and Athletics Ontario will have exclusive use of a set number of hours every year, and York will run its own track and field program out of the stadium, along with hosting rugby matches, Myers said, adding rugby is currently played on one of the side fields at the Keele Street and Steeles Avenue campus.

“There is potential to host larger rugby events now,” she said, adding track and field events are currently run out of the Toronto Track and Field Centre on campus through a land lease agreement between York and the city. “The stadium is a nice addition to the Toronto Track and Field Centre. It’s right across the street.”

The university was approached by Pan Am organizers interested in a possible partnership, Myers said.

“Clearly it’s a great opportunity,” she said. “To invest that kind of money into a significant athletics facility...we’re pretty excited and pretty excited to have it at York.”

Once complete, the athletic stadium will be owned and operated by York, she said.

According to the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am website, the Pan American Games are the world’s third largest international multi-sport Games, only surpassed in size and scope by the Olympic Summer Games and the Asian Games.

The first Pan American Games were held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1951 and the inaugural Parapan American Games were held in Mexico City in 1999. Both the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games are held every four years for the athletes of the 41 Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) member nations, in the year preceding the Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games.

Excluding 2015, Canada has hosted the Pan Am Games twice, in 1967 and 1999, both times in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Games were awarded to Toronto in 2009, giving the province its first international multi-sport event since the British Empire Games in 1930. Some 20,000 volunteers will help out in municipalities from Oshawa to Welland when the Games come to Toronto next summer.

The overall budget for the Games is $1.44 billion, split almost equally between the operating and capital development budgets.