Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre

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An artist's rendition of competitions taking place at the aquatics arena during the games

The Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, also known as the Pan Am and Parapan Am Aquatics Centre and Field House,[1] is a proposed sports complex under construction in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Scheduled to open to the public on September 2nd, 2014, the complex will consist of a 6,000-seat aquatics arena with two Olympic-size swimming pools and a diving cylinder; and a 3,000-seat field house that includes four full-sized gymnasiums, a fitness centre, a climbing wall, and a 200-metre track. The aquatics centre will host diving, swimming, and the swimming portion of the modern pentathlon competitions during the 2015 Pan American Games.[2]

Funding for the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre is the largest single investment in amateur sports in the history of Canada. It will be co-owned by the City of Toronto and the University of Toronto.


The architect of the facility is David Clusiau. PCL Construction and NORR Ltd., signed a contract to design, build and finance the facility.[1] The facility will be designed by Counsilman-Hunsaker, the company that designed the 1996 Summer Olympics aquatic centre.[3] The facility is aiming at receiving a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver label.[3]

The facility will be funded by the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, the municipal government of Toronto and the University of Toronto. In 2009, students at the University of Toronto Scarborough voted in favour of a 25 year levy which will contribute about $30 million to the facility.[4] In 2011, the city of Toronto learned it had to contribute an extra $23 million for soil remediation on the former landfill.[5] The whole facility will cost about $205 million Canadian dollars ($158 million to design and build it) which makes it the largest amount spent on amateur sport in Canada.[1]

The official ground breaking for the facility was on 27 September 2012 and was attended by dignitaries such as Mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford. The facility was announced then as the largest venue being built for the 2015 Pan American Games and represents the largest investment in amateur sport in Canadian history.[6][7]

Pan Am Sports Centre in Scarborough, May 2014
Pan Am Sports Centre in Scarborough, May 2014


Aquatics centre[edit]

Aquatics centre
City: University of Toronto Scarborough, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Coordinates 43°47′25.19″N 79°11′35.88″W / 43.7903306°N 79.1933000°W / 43.7903306; -79.1933000Coordinates: 43°47′25.19″N 79°11′35.88″W / 43.7903306°N 79.1933000°W / 43.7903306; -79.1933000
Capacity: 6,000
Built: 2012-2014
Opened: September 2nd, 2014
Construction cost: $205 million
Architect(s): David Clusiau
Home club(s): Toronto Varsity Blues

The aquatics centre is planned to have 6,000 seats.[2] The facility will also include another 50 metre training pool, which doubles the amount of Olympic Standard Pools in Toronto. Moreover the aquatics centre will also contain a dive pool with three diving platform heights (3, 7.5 and 10 metres) and a dry diving training centre.[2] The centre will be the only aquatics facility in the area that meets international competition standards and will become the first facility with a warm-up pool.[2]

Field house[edit]

Field house
Location University of Toronto Scarborough, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Owner University of Toronto
City of Toronto
Capacity 2,000
Built 2012-2014
Opened September 2nd, 2014
2015 Pan American Games
2015 Parapan American Games
Toronto Varsity Blues

The field house will be built adjacent to the aquatics centre and will seat 2,000 people. The field house will host fencing and modern pentathlon (fencing portion) events during the 2015 Games.[2] The field house will consist of three gymnasiums, a 200 metre indoor running facility, racquet sports courts and a centre for fitness which the entire school community can use.[2] Moreover the facility will contain weightlifting equipment and training area.[1] It will also become the future home of the Canadian Sports Institute Ontario (CSIO).


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