2015 Pan American Games York University Stadium


Pan American Games Bid Corporation

2008 to 2009


SvN was selected as part of BIRD Turner’s Design-Build team for the design and delivery of the 2015 Pan American Athletics Stadium at York University in Toronto. The new 5,000-seat stadium is located at the north edge of the campus, strategically integrated into the dense campus fabric immediately south of the new TTC Steeles West Subway Station. The Stadium’s strategic position relative to the Subway Station affords York University the opportunity to use the design of the landscape and urban elements to create a new pedestrian gateway to the Campus.

SvN was responsible for landscape design, urban planning, and urban design- stitching the vision for the new stadium into the pedestrian networks already weaving across the site and creating new focal areas for fan and student “celebration” and Games-related activities. SvN was also responsible for planning the deployment of the Pan Am Games Overlay program – the temporary construction and facilities required for the Games- on the site. The stadium provides a venue for regional and international track and field events as well as a permanent home for the York Lions rugby and soccer teams. The submission was completed in joint-venture with Populous and Kasian Architecture.


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