Toronto: One year until Pan Am Games

July 16, 2014

Athletics, International

Toronto: Pan Am Games hampered by facility delays
Pan Am Games officials confident that all 25 venues across Southern Ontario will be ready on time and under budget, but some sites don’t appear to be on track

By: Jennifer Pagliaro
The Star

TORONTO- Regardless of whether it’s built yet, the Games will come.

While Pan Am Games officials take to podiums and send press releases to declare that all 25 venues across the GTA will be ready on time — and under budget — the on-the-ground realities one year out from the opening ceremony are already starting to derail.

Just this week, new Minister of Sport Michael Coteau admitted the provincial government can’t guarantee the event will be on budget.

A massive $600-million construction project has been underway since the fall of 2012, involving 10 new complexes and several major retrofitting and upgrades to existing facilities.

However, completion of some buildings has lagged, holding up test events, while slow progress at a few smaller venues has had an impact on local businesses.

Construction delays have already marred what was to be the Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ big CFL homecoming at a new 22,500-seat stadium. Two games have been pushed to the nearby McMaster University campus with no official word on when the stadium will be ready.

The CFL game would have served as an important test event to work out any issues before the venue — which is hosting soccer — was cast into the international spotlight for the Games. These test events in and around Southern Ontario are benchmarks some venues could miss.

And the complexities of planning an international event this big have also left some kinks unresolved as the relationship with smaller venues across the GTA sours.

Organizers, meanwhile, say there is still plenty of time to put everything back on track.

“It’s absolutely fair to say we’re under budget,” said the Games’ CEO, Saad Rafi, calling it one of the most significant builds in amateur sports anywhere.

He contends the 25 facilities will be ready six to 11 months before the Games, slated for July 10-26, 2015.

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/panamgames/2014/07/13/pan_am_games_hampered_by_facility_delays.html
__________
Video: One year until Pan Am Games in Toronto

__________
Video: Countdown to Toronto’s Pan Am Games begins

___________
2015 Pan Am Games

2015 Pan Am Games

__________
Video: Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games Cisco Velodrome

___________

About Dilemma X

Dilemma X, LLC provides research dedicated to the progression of economic development. Our services aid clients in enhancing overall production statistics. Please visit http://www.dilemma-x.com for more information

View all posts by Dilemma X

Subscribe

Subscribe to our RSS feed and social profiles to receive updates.

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: