Pan Am Games York University Athletics Stadium

Pan Am Games York University Athletics Stadium

Toronto, Ontario

Building World-Class Sporting Venues for Today and Tomorrow

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 York University Athletics Stadium, an open stadium, will be a world-class track and field venue built for the Games and will be constructed on York University’s Keele campus. During the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, the new stadium will host track and field games and will accommodate a seating capacity of 12,500 seats. The games will comply with IAAF standards. Temporary infrastructures will be installed on the plaza and external spaces will be made available around the building to accommodate the Games requirements and additional spectators. After the Pan Am Games, the stadium will become a facility for the York University athletic team to use for training and special track and field events. The long jump pits will be moved outside of the track ring to accommodate the use of the natural turf infill as a rugby pitch.

To allow for 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.

The Toronto Tracks, also affiliated with this Project, will undergo a renewal of each facility. Included in the Tracks are: 

  • The Toronto Track and Field Centre - Outdoor Track
  • The Toronto Track and Field Centre - Indoor Track
  • The Birchmount Park Stadium
  • The Centennial Park Stadium
Key data

Key Project Participants

Client: Infrastructure Ontario
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: 12,500             
  • Covered Enclosed: 4,551 m2
  • Covered not Enclosed: 3,158 m2
  • Stands: 2,329 m2
  • External Field of Play: 18,381 m2