TORONTO 2015 PAN AM GAMES: OPENING CEREMONY
by Leila Monteiro Lins
It’s only fitting that one of the world’s most iconic entertainment centres will host the exhilarating Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games. Known at Games time as the Pan Am Ceremonies Venue (Roger Centre) , this versatile stadium easily converts from a covered dome to an open-air facility under the world’s first retractable stadium roof. Located beside the CN Tower, this venue, which has hosted more than 200 large-scale events and welcomes approximately 3.5 million guests each year, is a perfect choice for these pinnacle Games moments. On July 10, 2015, millions will watch as Canada welcomes the nations of the Americas to the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games with a celebration of the diversity of the Toronto region and all of Canada, as well as the vibrant cultures of the Americas. The unforgettable and magical Opening Ceremony — a one-night-only show by Official Creative Partner, the world-renowned Cirque du Soleil — where the Pan Am Cauldron will be lit to officially start the Games.
The Closing Ceremony on July 26, 2015, will feature top entertainment secured by Live Nation, the Official Live Music Partner of the Games. Always a party-like atmosphere, the Closing Ceremony will honour outstanding Games performances and the contributions of all Games partners, as well as handing the baton to Lima, Peru, the Host City of the 2019 Pan American Games.
- Transit is available to/from this venue and is included with your printed event ticket.
- GO Transit: Union Station
- TTC: St Andrew Station
Spectators using GO Transit can access the venue via Union Station, and spectators using the TTC should travel through St Andrew Station. Both stops are approximately 850 metres from the venue.
Hours of operations:
Pan Am Opening Ceremony: July 10 Gates open at 5 p.m.
Pan Am Closing Ceremony: July 26 Gates open at 5 p.m.
Box Office Hours: Box office opens at 9 a.m.
OVERVIEW – TIME BRASIL
From 10 to July 26, 600 Brazilian athletes will compete for medals in 47 sports at the Pan | Parapan American Games in Toronto in 2015.
Brazil has participated in every Pan Am Games since they began in Buenos Aires 1951, and hosted twice: São Paulo 1963 and Rio de Janeiro 2007. Brazil also competed at the Las Leñas 1990 Pan Am Winter Games.
The country has won 1,066 medals – 287 gold, 319 silver and 460 bronze – placing fourth on the all-time Pan Am Games medal list. Its best Games performance came as host nation at Rio 2007, with 157 medals.
Brazilian swimmer Thiago Pereira will be an athlete to watch at TORONTO 2015. One of the most decorated athletes in the history of the Pan Am Games, Pereira has won twelve gold medals in two Pan Am appearances, and currently shares the record for most medals won at a single Games by a Brazilian– with eight medals at each of Rio 2007 and Guadalajara 2011.
Brazil has competed at every edition of the Parapan Am Games and is the all-time leader on the medals table.
As host of Rio de Janeiro 2007, Brazil became the first country to stage the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games together.
At Guadalajara 2011, Brazil took home 197 medals, with particularly strong performances in swimming (85 medals) and athletics (60 medals).
One standout athlete set to participate at TORONTO 2015 is Jefinho Gonçalves, gold medallist at Rio de Janeiro 2007 and Guadalajara 2011 in men’s five-a-side football.