The buzz has started and in less than a week the Pan Am Games will begin in Toronto, Canada. After being chosen in November 2009 to host the world’s third largest multi-sport event. Toronto has been preparing to welcome the world as the official host of the 2015 Pan American (and Parapan American) Games. From the time the city was awarded the Pan Am Games; Toronto and game committees along with police services and so many others have been working away to ensure they are ready to roll out the red carpet.
The 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games run from July 10 – 26, 2015. And are based on the vision; life-affecting experience, transforming communities, delivering on commitments and setting a benchmark of delivering the best-ever experience for all involved. As well focused on the cultural values of joy, purpose, accountability, collaboration and results.
Pan Am Games Fun Facts by the Numbers
The Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games is the largest multi-sport event ever held in Canada. With all the athletes, venues and more required, here are some numbers that may or may not surprise you.
• 7,000 Athletes
• 41 Participating Nations
• 36 Sports
• 300 Events
• 250,000 Visitors
• 23,000 Volunteers
• 34 Venues in 16 Municipalities
• 5,000 New Road Signs
• 1.4 Million Event Tickets for Sale
• $240 Million to Cover Security
• 37,500 Rolls of Toilet Paper
• 1951 First Pan Am Games (In Argentina)
• 130 Free Musical Acts on 3 Stages during the Games
• 3,000 Metric Tons of Sand (for Beach Volleyball)
• 41 Days the Torch Relay Took
• 100,000 Condoms available in the Athletes’ Village
Pan Am Games Food by the Numbers
With all those athletes, coaches and support staff a person’s gotta eat. So we turned to the Athletes’ Village to understand exactly what it takes to not only feed so many but in a healthy and satisfied way. When it’s all over and done the Athletes’ Village will have dished up over 464,000 meals.
• 35,000 Hamburgers
• 50,000 Steaks
• 80,000 Chicken Breasts
• 40,000 Salmon Fillets
• 40,000 Cookies
• 150,000 Fresh Eggs
• 40,000 Shrimp Skewers
• 8,000 Pounds of Pizza Cheese
• 90,000 of Bananas
• 75,000 Liters of Ice Cream
• 12,000 Pounds of Pasta
• 60,000 Box Lunches a Week
• 0 Alcoholic Beverages (the village is dry)
Despite the fact the games have a bigger impression than the Olympics, the Pan Am Games personal and committee strength, power and influence responsible for the planning and logistics is smaller but oh so mighty. Be sure to tune in, experience it and root for your favorites.
* info and picture courtesy of © TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games, 2015