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Staff, students and faculty can visit U of T House during the games. Located on the first floor of the Instructional Centre, U of T House will show a live feed of the games and also features visual displays celebrating U of T athletes, including those who are representing Canada during the Games. (Photo by Ken Jones)

After years of preparation and anticipation the University of Toronto Scarborough is finally getting a chance to strut its stuff for the Americas as part of the 2015 Pan Am Games.  

A total of nine Pan Am & Parapan Am events will take place on campus, including eight (diving, fencing, modern pentathlon, roller speed skating, swimming, synchronized swimming, sitting volleyball and Parapan Am swimming) at UTSC’s Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre (TPASC). 

“It’s very exciting to have these events here, but for the long-term TPASC is a game-changer for us,” UTSC Principal Bruce Kidd recently told CBC’s Metro Morning. “It will provide new opportunities for students and the community that we could only have dreamt of before.”

Events will be taking place at TPASC – or the CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Aquatics Centre and Field House as it will be known during the games – as well as the UTSC Tennis Centre, which will host Wheelchair Tennis during the Parapan Am Games in August.

There’s plenty to see and do on campus during the games. UTSC students will have a chance to win tickets to various Pan Am/Parapan Am events courtesy of the Athletics department and Student Life, and by U of T President Meric Gertler, while there will be plenty of events happening on campus.

U of T House, located on the first floor of the Instructional Centre, is open to guests, staff, faculty and students featuring visual displays celebrating U of T athletes, including those who are representing Canada during the Games.

The Pan Am women's hardball practices will take place in the valley on Dan Lang Field from July 15 to 19. Check out the full practice shedule is here

The games will be shown on monitors around campus including the U of T House lounge. When games aren’t on there will be a chance to follow what’s happening on campus through the social media wall, which will be displayed on the LCD screens around campus. PrideHouseTO will also be hosting two afternoons of mixing, mingling, and discussion around sports inclusion on July 22 and August 11.

The ongoing exhibit at the Doris McCarthy Gallery called The Flesh of the World will explore the diverse and complex views of the body typically associated with athletics and sport.Live! @ UTSC will feature a series of performances around campus during the games by talented student musicians and artists. The Pan Am Path art relay will also take place on campus on August 4 and 5.

UTSC’s food truck, Foodies, will also be setting up near TPASC while the Farmers’ Market will continue as usual in a new location at the southwest corner of Military Trail and Ellesmere.

Meanwhile, UTSC staff, students and faculty can keep up to date on information relating to campus closures, status and updates by visiting the Pan Am Campus Status and Announcements page

The 2015 Pan Am Games kicked off with a dazzling opening ceremony on June 10th to mark the start of the 16-day sporting event, which will be the largest multi-sport games ever held in Canada. The buzz being generated around campus is already in full swing. 

Brian Longmire, a fourth-year student in neuroscience and mental health studies, finds it fitting that a diverse city like Toronto will host such a diverse audience of athletes and spectators.

“I’m really excited to see a diverse audience get to experience our city,” he says. “I’m also really looking forward to seeing unique events that I wouldn’t normally get to see.”

The energy around campus and the city is very palpable now that the games have officially kicked off noted UTSC student Messiah Wafai.

“It makes me proud to be a Torontonian and a Canadian,” he says. “There’s a lot of excitement and buzz in the air that’s making this city and our campus come alive. It’s been an exciting experience so far.”

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