It’s safe to say that the 2015 Pan Am Games started with a bang this weekend. On Friday, 45,000 people filled the ‘Pan Am Dome,’ also known as the Rogers Centre to us, for the Opening Ceremonies and celebration. It was a beautiful night, filled with dancing, singing, and celebrations of the over 6000 athletes here in our wonderful city to compete. It was hard to focus on anything in particular, with so many amazing sights to be seen in the dome. It was a sold out event that honoured not only the athletes, but their families, the volunteers, and all of the people working together to make the games a success.
The rest of the weekend was just as fantastic for Canada; we ended the night on Sunday with 24 medals already, leading the pack with the most golds and the most medals overall. What a way to start off the amazing two weeks of sport for our country, and the over 35 countries competing.
This week, medal events include Archery, Cycling, Gymnastics, and Rowing, just to name a few. Many naysayers were quick to judge the ticket sales leading up to the Games, but were proven wrong this weekend when almost every event either sold out or was left with only a select few tickets. It appears that our great city got curious and wanted to be part of the audience at the best sports in the world. CBC is live streaming many of the 2015 Pan Am events and has video clips, updates, schedules and more at panam.cbc.ca.
The other amazing part of these Games are the ‘Panamania’ events, which are hosted at three celebration venues throughout the city, and include circus acts, comedy troupes, musical performances and more. They are a fantastic way to get everyone involved and excited, from all ages and all walks of life.
Be sure to check out the Pan Am website for more information and to follow along with the games!
Brazil vs. Canada Men’s Soccer at the 2015 Pan Am Games photo by Elizabeth Dubec. Used with Permission.