Pan Am Soccer
Soccer is the most popular sport on earth – in participants and spectators. This summer, Hamilton is proud to host the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games soccer tournaments at CIBC Hamilton Pan Am Soccer Stadium from July 10-26.
The games will bring representatives from 41 countries and 36 sports, 7,000 athletes and officials, and 250,000 visitors to Ontario, with venues in Hamilton and Niagara, Toronto, Haliburton and Simcoe, York and Durham, and Peel and Halton.
Eight teams will compete for both the men and women’s gold medals. The men’s competition is an under 22 event that will showcase young and upcoming talent. Also competing in the men’s group are four-time Pan Am Games winner, Mexico, who recently won in their home of Guadalajara in 2011, four-time winners of Brazil, and six-time winners of Argentina. The women’s team will play to defend their 2011 medal when they defeated Brazil.
Pan Am Stadium Hamilton
Address: 75 Balsam Avenue North, Hamilton, ON
The CIBC Pan Am Stadium has a capacity of 22,500 people, occupying the space where Ivor Wynne Stadium once stood. This same space is where Canada staged its first major international competition during the 1930 British Empire Games.
The stadium is fully accessible with priority seating. It has security, high-speed wireless internet, a state-of-the-art scoreboard, LED monitors throughout the venue, easy access to concessions and washrooms, and meets FIFA requirements with a two star turf and a warm-up area.
There are multiple parking lots around the venue. This Trip Planner will guide you through streets and road closures. Transit is included with your ticket. Show your printed game ticket and ride for free on the local public transit (HSR buses) or on the shuttle service from the Liuna GO Station on James Street North to festival sites and the soccer stadium.
Designated stops for Pam Am Stadium Hamilton:
- West Harbour GO Station
- Hamilton GO Centre
- Gage Avenue North at Barton Street East
- King Avenue at Balsam Avenue
Pan Am Games in Hamilton
A third of Pan Am visitors will come to see soccer. The event will bring fans to Hamilton and promote cultural experiences and tourism in the city. Aside from Pan Am soccer, here’s what to look forward to:
Pan Am Torch, June 21-22: The Pan Am Torch comes to Hamilton June 21 and 22 from its journey from town to town. It will visit downtown’s Gage Park and Pier 8, Ancaster’s Old Town Hall, Dundas’ Grafton Square, Stoney Creek’s Cenotaph Park, Waterdown’s Mill St. & 5 American House, and Winona’s Puddicombe Farm & Estate Winery.
CultureMania, July 9-12 Gage Park: CultureMania in Gage Park will consist of large LED viewing screens, art presentations, a Best Cultural Presentation contest, foods of the world, Parade of Cultures, and Pan American entertainment including marquee performances. The free VIVA Junior Pan Am Soccer Tournament invites players between 5 and 13 years old on July 9-12 for friendly games.
Pan Promenade at Celebration Square, July 10-24 Gore Park: Visit Gore Park for two weeks of celebrations throughout the Games for musical entertainment, dance, spoken word, and theatre performances. Large LED screens will show highlights of the Games and food trucks will share the best of Pan American treats. Celebration Square will also feature a beer garden area, shopping vendors, open street soccer, and Pam Am Art Explosion with exploded soccer ball sculptures and other public art.
International Food Court/ Food Central, July 11-26 Ottawa Street: If you love food trucks, you’ll love the “International Food Court” organized by Ottawa Street BIA for athletes, visitors, and Hamilton locals to indulge. Food trucks and restaurants along Ottawa St will serve eats with an Pan American twist.
ArtMatch & Pop-Up Shop, July 12-26 Barton Street: Seven artists are invited to showcase their print and new media artwork on themes of commodification, consumption, and commercialization of the Games. Each artist has a studio residency at Centre3 on James St. N and their work will be presented in storefronts along Barton Street near the CIBC Stadium.
Hamilton World Music Festival, July 17-19 Gage Park: World music and art, educational workshops for children, multicultural foods, and local and international talent will come together in Gage Park for three days of free fun for all ages.
Hamilton Waterfront Pan Am Cultural Showcase and Fireworks, July 25-26 Waterfront: As an end to the Pan Am soccer games, enjoy musicians and dancers, art displays, and performances by Hamilton Aerial Group and Circus Orange at Hamilton’s Waterfront. Watch the final events on LED screens and experience the food trucks, arts and crafts, and more. End the festival with colourful fireworks on the harbour.
Pan Am Games Soccer Tickets
Don’t miss out on Women’s Soccer Gold (July 25, 6:30-9:00 pm) and Men’s Soccer Gold (July 26, 1:00-3:30 pm).
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