Markham Pan Am Centre

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Coordinates: 43°51′06″N 79°18′52″W / 43.851667°N 79.314444°W / 43.851667; -79.314444

Markham Pan Am Centre
Markham Pan Am Centre (February 2015).JPG
Full name Markham Pan / Parapan American Centre
Location 16 Main Street Unionville, Markham, Ontario
Owner City of Markham
Capacity 2,000 (Badminton and Table Tennis)
2,000 (Water polo)
Construction
Built 2012-2014
Opened November 23, 2014
Tenants
2015 Pan American Games
2015 Parapan American Games

The Markham Pan Am Centre is a multi-purpose community and aquatics centre located in the new downtown area of Markham, Ontario, Canada. The facility was designed to host the badminton, table tennis and water polo events for the 2015 Pan American Games, held in nearby Toronto in July and August, 2015. [1] During the Pan Am and Parapan American Games the venue will be known as the Atos Markham Pan Am / Parapan American Centre.[2]

Description[edit]

Markham Pan Am Centre direction sign at Unionville GO Station

The 13,657 square metre (147,000 sq. foot) multipurpose centre comprises three gymnasiums for training, competition and community use as well as a 10-lane, 50-metre Olympic-size swimming pool.[3] The building became the first venue to be constructed for the 2015 Pan American Games to have its design unveiled[1] and the official ground breaking for the facility was on October 9, 2012.[4] The facility cost roughly $78 million Canadian dollars to be built[5] and had its official opening on November 23, 2014.

The building's triple gymnasium features 12 badminton courts, 6 volleyball, 2 basketball courts, and a 12.5-metre-high (41 ft.) ceiling that meets international BWF and FIVB requirements for height in badminton and volleyball.[3] The warm-up hall adjacent to the main gymnasium features 3 badminton courts, 1 volleyball and 1 basketball court.

The 50-metre pool was designed to meet FINA international and Olympic competition standards, and includes two movable bulkheads (walls) to section the pool into three zones, and permanent seating for 2,000 spectators.

Other features include rooms for dance, yoga, and a two-level fitness centre.[1]

Post Games[edit]

After the Games, the facility will continue as a community and competition centre for aquatics, badminton, volleyball, basketball and table tennis for Markham-area residents.

Major competitions hosted[edit]

Badminton[edit]

Year Date Event Level
2014 October 13-19 2014 Pan Am Badminton Championships International
2015 July 11-16 2015 Pan American Games - Badminton competition International

Table Tennis[edit]

Year Date Event Level
2015 July 19-25 2015 Pan American Games - Table tennis competition International
2015 August 7-15 2015 Parapan American Games International

Water Polo[edit]

Year Date Event Level
2015 January 28 - February 1 UANA Cup - FINA World Championships Qualifier International
2015 July 7-15 2015 Pan American Games - Water polo competition International

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