T.O. Pan Am bid names venues

ANTONELLA ARTUSO, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:32 AM ET

Ontario took a major step forward in its bid for the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games today with the announcement of more than 50 venues across the Golden Horseshoe that would play host to the 38 sports of the game.

Bid Chair David Peterson said the location of the events is a critical component of the bid to host the 2015 Pan and Parapan Am Games.

"We have come up with an exciting and achievable plan that is good for Toronto, good for the Greater Golden Horseshoe region and good for an excellent games," Peterson says in a media release.

Ontario's Bid Book will be submitted to the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) in April, in competition with Lima and Bogota.

If the province wins the 2015 event, it would host the Pan Am Games over 17 days from July 10-26, and the Parapan Games for eight days over Aug. 7-14.

Premier Dalton McGuinty said the province's goal is to share the wealth across the region with the use of existing facilities and the construction of new pools, a stadium and a velodrome.

The games would create infrastructure for amateur sports that would benefit children from all socio-economic backgrounds, he said.

"I want to cast a wide net in terms of the venues that we create," McGuinty said.

The organizers are proposing to stage the competition, training and event operations over three "Games Zones" across the GTA and beyond.

VENUE PLANS

CENTRAL ZONE

Rogers Centre - Pan Am opening and closing ceremonies, baseball

Air Canada Centre - basketball

BMO Field - soccer

Ontario Place/Exhibition Place - artistic and rhythmic gymnastics, open water swimming, cycling, fencing, handball, karate, fencing, squash, triathlon, beach volleyball, waterski wakeboard

Royal Canadian Yacht Club - sailing

Roy Thomson Hall - weightlifting

Nathan Phillips Square/Ontario Place Variety Stadium - Parapan Am opening and closing ceremonies, athletes' village

Etobicoke Olympium - training site for diving

Etobicoke Centennial Park - training site for soccer and Parapan soccer

Sunnybrook Park - archery

Brampton Powerade Centre, local venues - cricked exhibition and training for racquetball and soccer

Mississauga Hershey Centre - taekwondo, judo, Parapan judo

Mississauga Iceland - artistic and track roller sports

Classic Bowl - bowling

Markham - new 50-metre pool for water polo

Markham Centennial Community Centre - badminton, table tennis and Parapan table tennis

Fletcher's Fields - rugby

Richmond Hill/Richmond Green Park - baseball

EAST ZONE

Ajax - shooting and modern pentathlon

Oshawa/General Motors Centre - boxing

Durham College - Parapan boccia

Lakefront West Park - softball

Oshawa Gun Club - shooting

Whitby Iroquois Sport Park - Parapan tennis and basketball

WEST ZONE

Proposed new Hamilton stadium (if approved by city council) - various events

Proposed velodrome for track cycling

McMaster University - new pool for aquatics training, Parapan athletics

Burlington Sherwood Park - soccer

OUTSIDE THREE ZONES

Barrie Waterfront - BMX cycling

Minden's Wild Water Preserve - canoe/kayak slalom

Oro Hardwood Hills - cycling mountain bike

Niagara Falls - visitor's centre

St. Catharines' Royal Canadian Henley Regatta Course - rowing

Welland's International Flatwater Centre - canoe/kayak sprint


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