Though the venues for Toronto’s 2015 Pan Am Games bid might be dotted throughout the Golden Horseshoe, organizers believe transportation for the event can be managed through enhanced transit and dedicated traffic lanes.
“The perfect bid would all be in one spot, all close together,” bid chair David Peterson told reporters yesterday as the venue choices were formally unveiled. “It doesn’t happen. There’s never been a bid like that in the world.”
He argued the $1.4-billion proposal, which splits the venues between Toronto — including the athletes’ village and a new $170-million training facility and aquatic centre — with the GTA and beyond, is practical because it uses many existing facilities.
If Toronto beats out Bogota, Colombia, and Lima, Peru, when the 42-member Pan American Sports Organization votes in November, many of the competitions in the July 10-26 event would be centred around downtown Toronto, especially Exhibition Place.