Direct Energy Centre, Canada’s largest convention and exhibition centre, has been converted into CIBC Pan Am Park (PAP) and is currently playing host to the majority of sports as well as the International Broadcast Centre and Main Media Centre, for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games, which began Saturday and run through to July 26, 2015.
Direct Energy Centre and Exhibition Place were selected more than six years ago as part of Toronto’s bid for the 2015 Pan Am Games because of its more than one million square feet of contiguous, multipurpose exhibition halls and flexible, expansive outdoor space. Since then the Exhibition Place team of venue professionals worked alongside the TO2015 Organizing Committee on games planning and games delivery of services across the CIBC Pan Am Park venue.
Direct Energy Centre, which will be renamed “Enercare Centre” this August, is part of the Exhibition Place property, which also has a 30,000-seat MLS stadium; an AHL arena; the award-winning Allstream Centre; and acres of parking and parkland.
“Our dedicated and experienced team of exhibition and convention professionals have been working to not only deliver the very best experience for our client TO2015, but also ensuring our tradeshow and convention clients that have hosted their events and meetings with us over the first two quarters of 2015 have been provided with the very best in venue management and service delivery. We are exceptionally proud of our team,” said Arlene Campbell, general manager, Sales & Events.
Venues on site at CIBC Pan Am Park are Toronto Coliseum (TCO); Exhibition Stadium (EPS); Exhibition Centre (EXC); Chevrolet Beach Volleyball Centre (PBV); and Ontario Place West Channel (OPW). The Park is also home to free PANAMANIA cultural and live music performances and fun, family activities.
“We are excited to be a part of CIBC Pan Am Park for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games. With five sporting venues on site and a very active Panamania stage I anticipate a phenomenal response from both the international and local community,” says Dianne Young, CEO, Exhibition Place.