Today marks the beginning of the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games!
There will be about 400 different sporting events and the games will take place between July 10th and August 15th in Toronto and the greater Toronto area.
The games will start with the end of the torch relay. The relay has been going on for well over a month and it will reach its final destination at the opening ceremony today, July 10th. The torch started at the Toronto Pearson Airport then traveled to Union Station, the Hospital for Sick Children, a ferry to Toronto Island, and Harbourfront Center.
The Rogers Center will be hosting both the opening and closing ceremonies. The ceremony starts at 8pm but people are asked to be seated by 6:45am. If you don’t have tickets by now you’ll be dishing out about $230 for a seat! A better, cheaper option may be to just view the live screening at Nathan Phillips Square.
Rehearsal for the opening ceremonies caused a bit of a frenzy yesterday in downtown Toronto yesterday. The jarring scene of a smoke engulfed CN Tower caused a flood of concern all over social media.
Stephen Powell, Toronto Fire spokesman, verified that the smoke was a result of a rehearsal for the opening ceremonies. They were testing out a pyrotechnics display. Pan Am games spokesperson also confirmed the source of the smoke.
Powell also told Mike Wise from CBS that it was known that there would be some fireworks testing at the tower yet the extent of the smoke coming out of the observation deck wasn’t expected.
Perhaps the public should have also been informed of the billowing smoke. Regardless, the excitement of today will certainly erase the anxiety of yesterday!
Let the games begin!
강석곤 “Firework incident from the CN Tower” Youtube. 9 July 2015. Web. 10 July 2015.