Pan Am Games Hamilton Soccer Stadium

Pan Am Games Hamilton Soccer Stadium

Hamilton, Ontario

Ensuring the Success of Sport in Canada

In 2015, approximately 7,000 athletes from Latin America, South America, the Caribbean, and North America will visit the Greater Toronto Area to participate in in 36 Pan Am and 15 Parapan Am world-class sports competition. The Pan American Games are the world’s third largest international multi-sport games, only exceeded in size and scope by the Olympic summer games and Asian games.

The Hamilton Soccer Stadium has been designed to meet the standards of both the Canadian Football League and the 2011 International Federation of Football Association, and will accommodate the 2015 Pan American Games. The existing Ivor Wynne Stadium has been demolished, and the new Stadium is currently under construction on the same site. During the Pan Am Games, the stadium will host the soccer games and accommodate a seating capacity of 22,500 permanent seats. Temporary infrastructures will be installed on the plaza and external spaces will be made available around the building. After the games, the legacy building will be the new home of the CFL Hamilton Tiger-Cats and will be able to accommodate special events such as the Grey Cup. A portion of the facility will be opened to the local community for soccer training and other sporting activities.

In order to accommodate an easy transition of the facility from “games mode” to “legacy mode,” the designers incorporated a high level of flexibility with the overall design, including generators designed to cover additional loads during the games, and offices designed to be converted to media centres. The venue will become an integrated part of the community post Games and will be environmentally sustainable, designed and constructed to achieve a minimum standard of LEED Silver certification.

Key data

Key Project Participants

Client: Infrastructure Ontario
Sponsor: Toronto 2015, City of Hamilton (Hamilton TigerCats)
Construction: Bouygues Building Canada and Kenaidan Contracting Joint Venture

Architect and Lead Consultant: Cannon Design
Multi-Disciplinary Engineering: Arup (Structural, Mechanical Electrical, IT and Electronic Security Sports Lighting)
Multi-Disciplinary Engineering: Morrison Hershfield (Civil Engineering, Landscape, Code Compliance, LEED Consulting, Energy Modeling, Building Envelope

Sector: Athletics/Recreation
Delivery Method: Design-Build-Finance


  • Permanent Seats:         22,500
  • Covered Enclosed:        23,277m2
  • Covered not Enclosed:  9,873m2
  • Stands:                         12,017m2
  • External Field of Play:  11,210m2