The Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games Organizing Committee (TO2015) has broken ground on a new $45.5m athletics stadium at York University in Toronto, Canada.
Located adjacent to the city-operated Toronto Track & Field Centre, the stadium is expected to open in July 2014.
To be called the CIBC Pan Am and Parapan Am Athletics Stadium during the Games, the facility will feature a 400m track and an infield that supports throwing and jumping disciplines.
The stadium will also feature a scoreboard, professional broadcast capabilities, athlete change rooms, equipment storage and classroom space.
Upon completion, the facility will have seating capacity for 3,000 spectators with an additional 2,000 temporary seats. During the Games, seating capacity is likely to be extended to about 12,500 seats.
Earlier in 2012, Ontario Sports Solutions secured a contract to construct the new athletics stadium, which will be jointly funded by the Government of Canada and York University.
The consortium includes developers and constructors Bouygues Building Canada and Kenaidan Contracting as well as the design team of Cannon Design, FaulknerBrowns Architects, Arup and Morrison Hershfield.
Ontario Minister responsible for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games Michael Chan said, "This new facility will provide our athletes, students and residents a place to train and compete at home and an opportunity to shine on the world stage during the 2015 Games."
TO2015 is expected to obtain a Class 1 track certification for the stadium from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
TO2015 said that the stadium will build on the athletics infrastructure already present at York University, including the Toronto Track & Field Centre, which will serve as an athlete training and warm-up facility during the games.
The City of Toronto is currently replacing the centre’s indoor and outdoor tracks and those at Birchmount Stadium and Centennial Park Stadium in time for the games.
Earlier this year, TO2015 broke ground on a $78.52m Markham Pan Am and Parapan Am Centre in Ontario, Canada.
Image: The new athletics stadium at York University will feature a 400m track after its completion. Photo: Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games Organizing Committee.