Pan Am/Parapan Am Games 2015

What are the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games?

The Pan Am/Parapan Am Games are the third-largest international multi-sports event in the world, after the Olympic Summer Games and the Asian Games. 36 Pan Am sports and 15 Parapan Am sports are being hosted in this year’s Toronto 2015 Games.

When and where will the Games take place?

This year, the Pan Am Games will take place from July 10 to 26, with the Parapan Am Games occurring from August 7 to 15.

Toronto is the host city, with an astonishing 50+ venues across the GTA for both sporting and celebration-related events.

Who participates in the Games?

“Pan Am” refers to North America (Canada, the United States of America, and Mexico) as well as the many vibrant countries making up Central America, the Caribbean and South America — 41 in all. A complete list of the countries participating is available on the Toronto 2015 website.

More specifically, 6,000 athletes will be competing at the Pan Am Games with an additional 1,600 competing at the Parapan Am Games. Check back on the Toronto 2015 website closer to the start of the Games for athlete profiles including stats and past accomplishments.

How can I get involved with the Games?

More than 20,000 volunteers will be helping out to make this year’s Games happen. This means that all that’s left for you to do is to enjoy! Ticket program guides are available online for those who wish to follow the sporting events; however there is also a 35-day arts and cultural festival, PANAMANIA, composed of more than 250 unique performances and exhibitions including concerts, theatre, dance performances, fashion and visual arts. Many of the PANAMANIA events are free, although some are ticketed.

Can I buy tickets on campus for the Games?

Tickets are not available at the University. Tickets can be purchased through Toronto 2015 only.


The Games at York University

Are any York athletes competing?

Yes! Eight athletes will be participating in this year’s Games. You can find more information about these athletes on the Athletes page.

Will there be a physiotherapy/sports clinic?

A sports medicine clinic (Athlete's Care) already exists on the Keele campus. The main office is located in the Toronto Track and Field Centre, directly opposite the CIBC Pan Am/ Parapan Am Athletic Stadium, with a satellite location in the Accolade East Building.
During the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, the Athlete's Care clinic in the Toronto Track and Field Centre will be closed, starting July 1, 2015 and relocated to Appletree Medical Centre in York Lanes.

Has accessibility been considered for attendees of the Games?

The new stadium has been designed and constructed using the latest design standards available, with input from consultants who specialize in design for people with disabilities. There are local and international agencies dedicated to the successful delivery of the Parapan Am Games, including the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Americas Paralympic Committee (APC) and the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC).

What will happen to the current Lions Stadium on Keele campus?

Both stadiums will be used by the Department of Sport and Recreation in programming athletic events for York University and the wider community.

I will be taking a course during the summer term. Will I be able to purchase a parking pass?

Yes. Parking permits will be available as they normally are for the summer session and subject to availability. The increased activity as a result of the Games may limit availability in some lots. All sessional permits are issued on a "first come, first served basis".

Will classes be affected?

The University is not anticipating any disruptions to classes during the Games, however, there is a summer reading week from July 21 to 24 — when the Track and Field events take place at the CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletics Centre.

Are there any changes happening to campus security?

Yes. In order to coordinate security measures for the Games, the Toronto 2015 Integrated Security Unit (ISU) was formed. The ISU is composed of six municipal and regional police services in partnership with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and Emergency Management Ontario. The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will be leading the ISU.
Leading up to and during the Games, community members on campus can expect to see both increased York University security and members of the ISU. Just like under normal circumstances, it is important to report any suspicious behaviour to campus security.

What about the security perimeters?

Currently there are two security perimeters on campus:

  • The largest encompasses the area around the CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletics Centre, including the West Office Building.
  • The second covers the circumference of the Canadian Tennis Centre (Aviva Centre).

A useful visual has been provided on the YU Link website , noting the specific areas blocked off. Access to restricted areas will require pre-approval and accreditation (the ISU will either recommend or not recommend clearance).

For those who work in the West Office Building, it is important to note that there is one access point available until September 15, 2015. The West Office Building is not accessible from the East, rather, it must be accessed from just North-East of Tait McKenzie.

What other effects might I notice on campus?

Because of the fenced in areas around the stadium, you may have to use alternate paths around the north part of campus. Also for those that prefer to buy their meals, it is recommended to set a little more time aside due to an increased campus population during the Games. Alternatively, another option would be to buy your meals during off-peak times in order to minimize any potential lines. 


Parking and Road Closures

Will parking lots on the Keele campus be affected?

Yes. Some parking lots will be affected as a result of the Games. Parking information will be updated regularly on the Parking page.

Will there be road restrictions on the Keele campus?

There will be limited road restrictions on campus in the weeks leading up to and during the Games. Information on road restrictions will be posted on the Road Notices page.

Will there be additional traffic on the Keele campus?

Anticipate increased traffic congestion on campus roadways and surrounding areas on competition days. Plan ahead and consider taking public transit.
To learn about temporary changes to the road network in the Greater Toronto Area and how to get around during the 2015 Games visit the Ontario Travel and Recreation page

What are the traffic control plans for busy competition days?

Toronto Police and York University staff will be on hand to facilitate traffic on competition days. Limited public/unreserved/cash parking will be available and spectators are encouraged to advantage of the free transit ride with the purchase of a Pan Am Games ticket. Transit authorities are planning for an increase in transit ridership and routes will be supplemented.

Will there be parking for persons with disabilities attending the Games?

Yes. There will be accessible parking adjacent to the event sites.

Accessibility parking will be available to holders of valid provincial Accessible Parking Permits on a "first come, first served" basis. Valid permits must be clearly visible.