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Well, now that a new mayor has been elected in Toronto, how will the preparations for the 2015 Pan American Games be affected by Ford's election to the office?

It'll be intriguing - ie the transporation that was to be built for the pan-am games appear to be going down the tubes now. But Ford hasnt said much about it - and nothing has really leaked about it yet. I imagine he'll be fine with it so long as there is very little cost for the city.

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I have been offered a position as Assistant Venue Press Operations Manager with TO2015 for the Games!

After a day off I was able to reflect on my experience with the games. I was very priviliged to work with the organization and this opened my eyes to what I want to do moving forward. From meeting gre

Cue a Gamesbids Article saying "Bach encourages city of Toronto to bid for the Olympics, says they would host a fantastic Games!"

It'll be intriguing - ie the transporation that was to be built for the pan-am games appear to be going down the tubes now. But Ford hasnt said much about it - and nothing has really leaked about it yet. I imagine he'll be fine with it so long as there is very little cost for the city.

Let's just hope that he doesn't make Toronto unattractive for future events to come. Besides, with 2010 about to close soon, Toronto has virtually no time to waste on building and/or renovating the venues necessary for a successful Pan American Games.

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Should have agreed to reno Ivor Wynne Stadium a long time ago.

That is the best solution for PAG and for the Ticats.

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Ivor Wynne get Pan Am approval

http://www.thespec.com/news/local/article/492930--ivor-wynne-get-pan-am-approval

Hamilton has received the news it has been waiting for.

Officials have announced the city’s application for the renovation of Ivor Wynne stadium has been officially approved.

In a statement, TO2015 CEO Ian Troop said Ivor Wynne met all of the Games’ priorities, including site suitability, funding, FIFA-grade soccer features, timing and a long-term sports legacy.

“TO2015 is looking forward to working closely with the City of Hamilton and its community partners to help ensure the soccer facility is delivered on time, on budget and on scope,” Troop stated.

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There are published reports that Women's baseball will be added to the 2015 Pan American Games with Golf. (Also Australian Rules football? was rejected).

Women's BASEBALL? Not likely!

Softball, we hope!

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Baseball > Softball any day.

But women's softball is already on the program.

Softball (played only by women in the OG) and baseball (men) were dropped from the program.

Women don't usually play baseball.

Both groups have been lobbying to get back into the OG.

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Softball (played only by women in the OG) and baseball (men) were dropped from the program.

Women don't usually play baseball.

Both groups have been lobbying to get back into the OG.

Actually there is a women's baseball world cup, which was attended by 12 countries last time.

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Infrastructure Ontario announced today three teams that have been short-listed to design, build and finance three Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games venues.

The project is comprised of two stadiums and a velodrome including:

* the proposed Ivor Wynne Stadium which will be one of the host venues for soccer;

* the proposed velodrome which will host the track cycling competition; and

* the proposed York University stadium which will host the athletics competitions.

http://www1.infrastructureontario.ca/en/panam/velodrome%20and%20stadium/Files/Stadia_Velodrome%20short-list%20NR.pdf

Bird/Turner Stadium Co.

Developer: Bird/Turner Joint Venture

Design: Populous and Kasian Architecture

Construction: Bird Design-Build Construction / Turner Construction Company

Financial Advisor: Investec / HOCHTIEF PPP Solutions

Ontario Sports Solutions

Developer: Bouygues Building Canada Inc. and kenaidan Contracting Ltd.

Design: Cannon Design / Faulkner Browns Architects / Arup Associates

Construction: Bouygues Building Canada Inc. / Kenaidan Contracting Ltd.

Financial Advisor: National Bank

United Sports

Developer: Laing O’Rourke / Bondfield Construction Company Limited

Design: ZAS Architects / HKS Architects

Construction: Laing O’Rourke / Bondfield Construction Company Limited

Financial Advisor: Rocklynn Capital Inc. / KPMG LLP

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