Toronto, it’s here! Although water polo has already been going on for 3 days, the 2015 Pan Am games’ opening ceremony is today! With a range of individual and team sports on the schedule. The best part is that you can get tickets to any of the events if you are in the GTA. They are taking place as far North as Innisfil, as far South as Downtown, as far East as Oshawa, and as far West as Welland.
DID YOU KNOW?
– The first Pan American Games were held in 1951 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
– The games were created to strengthen the presence of summer sports in the Americas and the Carribean.
– The Pan Am games are the world’s third largest international multi-sport competition in preparation for all the other international competitions that were up and coming such as the Olympics, and World Championships and World Cup competitions.
– 41 countries will participate
– There will be 10,000 athletes, coaches and team officials
– There are 51 sport categories
– There are more than 30 venues
– An estimated 250,000 visitors
With so many sports it’s really hard to choose which ones we are most excited about. Thankfully Toronto 2015’s website covers the Top 5 Sport Picks by Day so that you can stay informed, look ahead and choose to watch the events that are most interesting to you. May we also add that on top of the many sport events you can attend or watch from home, that there are a number of free concerts taking place. They call the Arts and Culture program that includes comedy, theatre, dance, fashion and more, Panamania. Some of the more well-known artists that will be performing include Jann Arden, Marianas Trench and Keisza.
There are plenty of transportation options to game venues and you can use Triplinx. It is a trip planner that will help you find the easiest, quickest and most cost-effective way to use public transit to get to a venue. Believe it or not, transit to and from the event is included with your event ticket as long as you show your printed ticket to the driver! Transit partners include the TTC, YRT, Zum, MiWay (Mississauga), GO Transit, and many more.
GO CANADA GO!