They are the world’s third-largest international multi-sport athletics competition; the Pan American Games will take place this year within the Greater Toronto Region, Canada, with a number of events taking place within the Niagara Region, including the cities of Welland, St.Catharines and Hamilton, Ontario.
Competition will begin on July 10 in 36 different sports and run through to July 26. While Toronto is the center of Pan American Game’s competition, a variety of events will take place in locations such as Hamilton and Niagara.
The CIBC Hamilton Pan Am Soccer Stadium located in downtown Hamilton will play host to the Pan American Games soccer competition. The stadium is brand new after being rebuilt on the site of the former Ivor Wynne Stadium. The new venue is designed similar to the old historic stadium and plays host to a variety of events.
The Royal Canadian Henley Rowing Course will be the host of the Games’ rowing competition. There are 14 different men’s and women’s events, including the single and double sculls, quadruple sculls, and the lightweight double sculls. At the last Pan Am Games in 2011, Canada was one of four countries to win eight rowing medals.
All canoe and kayak events will take place in Welland at the Pan Am Flatwater Centre. It is the perfect spot for hosting the types of fast-paced paddling events that are seen in canoe and kayaking races. There are canoe and kayak events that span 200, 500, and 1,000 metres. Spectators will be able to watch both singles and doubles events.
History of Pan Am Games
Only the Summer Olympics and the Asian Games are larger than the Pan American Games, which feature athletes from 41 member nations.
The Games, which were first held in 1951, are held every four years in the year that precedes the Summer Olympic Games. This will be the third time that Canada has played host. Both the 1967 and the 1999 Pan American Games were held in Winnipeg, Manitoba.