Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre

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Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre
Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre Logo.jpgToronto Pan Am Sports Centre Main Pool Pan Am Games.jpg
Full name Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre
Location 875 Morningside Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Coordinates 43°47′25.19″N 79°11′35.88″W / 43.7903306°N 79.1933000°W / 43.7903306; -79.1933000Coordinates: 43°47′25.19″N 79°11′35.88″W / 43.7903306°N 79.1933000°W / 43.7903306; -79.1933000
Owner University of Toronto
City of Toronto
Capacity Aquatics Centre - 6,000
Field House - 2,000
Field size 312,000 sq ft (29,000 m2)
Two 10-lane 50 metre pools
Dive tank
Four-court gymnasium
200 metre track
Broke ground 27 September 2012
Built 2012-2014
Opened 2 September 2014
Construction cost $205 million
Architect NORR Limited
General contractor PCL Construction
City of Toronto Parks, Forestry, and Recreation
University of Toronto Scarborough Athletics & Recreation
Canadian Sports Institute Ontario
2015 Pan American Games
2015 Parapan American Games
2017 North American Indigenous Games
2017 Invictus Games

The Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre is a sports complex in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Owned by the City of Toronto and the University of Toronto, it is located at the northern grounds of the University's Scarborough campus near the intersection of Highway 401 and Morningside Avenue in the suburb of Scarborough. Opened to the public on September 2, 2014, the complex consists of a 3,500-seat aquatics arena (6,000 during the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games) with two Olympic-size swimming pools and a diving well; and a 2,000-seat field house that includes four full-sized gymnasiums, a fitness centre, a climbing wall, and a 200-metre track. The centre hosted diving, fencing, swimming, synchronized swimming and modern pentathlon competitions during the 2015 Pan American Games.[1] Funding for the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre is the largest single investment in amateur sports in the history of Canada.


The architect of the facility is David Clusiau. PCL Construction and NORR Ltd., signed a contract to design, build and finance the facility.[2] The facility was designed by Counsilman-Hunsaker, the company that designed the 1996 Summer Olympics aquatic centre.[3] The facility has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold label.[3]

The facility was funded by the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, the municipal government of Toronto and the University of Toronto. In 2009, students at the University of Toronto Scarborough voted in favour of a 25-year levy which will contribute about $30 million to the facility.[4] In 2011, the city of Toronto learned it had to contribute an extra $23 million for soil remediation on the former landfill.[5] The whole facility cost about $205 million Canadian dollars ($158 million to design and build it) which makes it the largest amount spent on amateur sport in Canada.[2]

The official ground breaking for the facility was on 27 September 2012 and was attended by dignitaries such as Mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford. The facility was announced then as the largest venue being built for the 2015 Pan American Games and represents the largest federal investment in amateur sport in Canadian history.[6][7]

The facility was a host venue to both the North American Indigenous Games and the Invictus Games in 2017.[8][9]


Aquatics centre[edit]

Aquatics centre
Building information
City Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Capacity 6,000
Built 2012-2014
Opened 2 September 2014
Construction cost $205 million
Architect(s) NORR Limited
Home club(s) Toronto Varsity Blues
Length 50m
Width 25m
Depth 5m
Lanes 10

The Centre has 3 pools - The dive pool (25m), the competition pool (50m) and the training pool(50m). The competition pool has 3,500 seats.[1] The facility doubles the number of Olympic Standard Pools in Toronto. The dive pool has three diving platform heights (3, 7.5 and 10 metres) and a dry diving training centre.[1] The centre is the only aquatics facility in the area that meets international competition standards and the first facility with a warm-up pool. The competition pool is regarded as one of the fastest pools in the world.[1]

Field house[edit]

The field house is adjacent to the aquatics centre and seats 2,000 people. The field house hosted fencing and modern pentathlon (fencing portion) events during the 2015 Games.[1] The field house consists of three gymnasiums, a 200-metre indoor running facility, racquet sports courts and a centre for fitness which the entire school community can use.[1] Moreover, the facility contains weightlifting equipment and a training area.[2] It is also the home of the Canadian Sports Institute Ontario (CSIO).

Other facilities[edit]

The Centre also has a climbing wall, a fitness centre, retail store, food and beverage, and 200m walking track.

Photo gallery[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f PanAm aquatics centre’s ‘dynamic silhouette’ to highlight transparency
  2. ^ a b c Groundbreaking kicks-off start of construction for Pan Am and Parapan Am Aquatics Centre and Field House presented by CIBC Archived 2012-10-08 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ a b Scarborough's Pan-Am pool designer created Atlanta Olympics facility
  4. ^ Province highlights winning bid for $158-million PanAm aquatics centre
  5. ^ Toronto’s Pan Am costs to double
  6. ^ City breaks ground on $158M aquatics centre for 2015 Pan Am Games
  7. ^ Pan Am pools construction starts
  8. ^ "Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games - Venues". North American Indigenous Games. Retrieved September 25, 2016.
  9. ^ "Venues". Invictus Games Toronto 2017. Retrieved September 25, 2016.

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