York Lions Stadium
|Former names||CIBC Pan Am and Parapan Am Athletics Stadium|
|Location||North York, Toronto, Ontario|
|Public transit|| Pioneer Village|
YRT Pioneer Village Terminal
|Field size||450 by 250 feet (137 m × 76 m)|
|York Lions (U Sports) 2015–present|
York United FC (CPL) 2019–present
Toronto Arrows (MLR) 2018, 2022–present
Toronto FC II (MLS Next Pro) 2022–present
York Lions Stadium is an outdoor sports stadium on the Keele Campus of Toronto's York University in the former city of North York. It is home to the York Lions, the varsity teams of York University, the Toronto Arrows of Major League Rugby and York United of the Canadian Premier League. The facility was primarily built for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games, where it hosted track and field events and the opening ceremony. In 2021, the stadium's running track was removed to expand the playing surface used for football and soccer.
Initial plans had a multi-purpose athletics and soccer stadium to be built somewhere in the vicinity of Hamilton, Ontario; however, the final plans separated the soccer and athletics venues. The soccer stadium, Tim Hortons Field, was built on the site of Ivor Wynne Stadium, while the athletics stadium was built at York University. During the games the venue was known as the CIBC Pan Am and Parapan Am Athletics Stadium.
The stadium was expected to seat approximately 5,000 spectators – 3,000 permanent and 2,000 temporary. During the games an additional 7,500 temporary seats were added, bringing total capacity to 12,500. The facility cost roughly $45.5 million, with $34.9 million attributed to the design and construction with the rest for running costs.
On May 26, 2016, it was announced that the stadium would play host to the 2017 North American Indigenous Games. The stadium will be the site of the opening and closing ceremonies as well as the athletics competitions in July 2017. In the same year, the stadium was also used as an event facility for the Invictus Games.
In early 2021, the stadium's track and grass field was replaced with a larger FIFA and World Rugby certified artificial turf surface. The renovations also allow for the playing surface to be covered with an air-supported dome during winter months.
The Toronto Arrows, a professional rugby union club which joined Major League Rugby in 2019, played exhibition games in 2018 at York Lions Stadium. However, during its inaugural 2019 MLR season the team split its home games between Alumni Field and Lamport Stadium. They began hosting their games at York Lions Stadium in 2022.
Major competitions hosted
|2015||July 18–26||2015 Pan American Games||International|
|2015||August 7–15||2015 Parapan American Games||International|
|2017||July 16–23||2017 North American Indigenous Games||Continental|
|2017||September 23–30||2017 Invictus Games||International|
|2019||July 18–21||2019 NCCWMA Masters Athletics Championships||Continental|
- List of Canadian Premier League stadiums
- Venues of the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games
- Birchmount Stadium – City of Toronto / Toronto District School Board
- Centennial Park Stadium – City of Toronto
- Esther Shiner Stadium – City of Toronto
- Lamport Stadium – City of Toronto
- Monarch Park Stadium – Toronto District School Board
- Metro Toronto Track and Field Centre – City of Toronto
- Rosedale Field – City of Toronto
- Varsity Stadium – University of Toronto
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