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Celebrating the first 10 years of our journey!

Since 2014, the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre (TPASC) has become a prominent symbol of athletic excellence and community engagement in Scarborough. A striking landmark in the region visible from Highway 401, TPASC’s iconic architecture transforms the landscape, creating a distinct presence in Scarborough.

This world-class complex, a partnership between the City of Toronto and the University of Toronto Scarborough and run by Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre Inc., creates a powerful legacy of inspiration, recreation, education and transformation for the immediate community and the Greater Toronto Area. 

Our history is deeply rooted in the successful bid to host the 2015 Toronto Pan Am and Parapan Am Games. In preparation for the multi-sport games, funding partners the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario, along with co-owners the City of Toronto and the University of Toronto, and the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee, envisioned a state-of-the-art facility that would not only host the Games but also house the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO) and serve as a lasting legacy for the community.

Planning for the facility began in earnest in 2008, with a master agreement between the City and University completed in December 2010 after Toronto was awarded the Games in November 2009. Construction began in 2012, first with the remediation of a landfill on the site. The Centre was completed on time and budget, officially opening its doors on September 8th, 2014. 

TPASC Construction Photo
Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre nearing completion of construction in 2014

The Centre played a pivotal role during the 2015 Toronto Games. TPASC was temporarily renamed the CIBC Pan Am / Parapan Am Aquatics Centre and Field House, hosting diving, fencing, modern pentathlon, swimming, and synchronized swimming. Two weeks later, para-swimming and sitting volleyball took place at the facility as part of the Parapan Am Games. 

2015 Pan Am Swimming Competition
2015 Toronto Pan Am Games swimming competition

Post-Games, the Centre seamlessly transitioned into a vibrant community hub, offering recreational programs, fitness classes, and sports training facilities. TPASC is a unique entity by way of its ownership structure, the breadth of its programming and the diversity of participants served. TPASC has become a vital resource for athletes, students, and residents, promoting health, wellness, and athletic development. There are 42,000 scheduled hours of public access programming and 50,000 hours of high-performance sports use and training annually. CSIO is a best-in-class sports institute that strives to elevate people and performances in the pursuit of building champions. TPASC is home to 16 national and provincial teams training out of the Centre.

2017 Invictus Games Sitting Volleyball
2017 Invictus Games Sitting Volleyball competition

TPASC has also continued to host high-profile events such as the 2017 Invictus Games, 2017 North American Indigenous Games, 2022 FINA World Cup, Scarborough Shooting Stars inaugural CEBL season, and multiple Canadian Olympic/National Team diving and swimming trials. 

Scarborough Shooting Stars 2022 Home Opener
Scarborough Shooting Stars 2022 Home Opener

In addition to world-class events, TPASC annually hosts grassroots competitions such as the Ontario Basketball Association League, Ontario Junior International swim meet, Judo Ontario Open, and multiple swimming club meets. 

With over 1.5M visits in 2023, the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre stands as a testament to the transformative power of major sporting events, leaving an enduring legacy of fitness, recreation, and community engagement in the east end of Toronto. 

Throughout the year we will be sharing stories of our first 10 years. We invite you to join in on the celebration.

Family Day Zumba Class