2017 Games to breathe new life into University of Manitoba campus this summer

 

The 2017 Canada Summer Games Host Society and Co-Hosts today announced they have signed an agreement with the University of Manitoba, making Winnipeg’s largest post-secondary campus a key venue of the 2017 Games.

Under the terms of the agreement, the University of Manitoba will grant the 2017 Canada Summer Games Host Society access to several buildings and facilities that will operate as competition venues, Athletes’ village, the Polyclinic/Infirmary, and offices for mission staff from each province and territory. Games organizers will also have access to space on-campus for various games operations.

According to Jeff Hnatiuk, President and CEO of the Games Host Society, the University of Manitoba will truly be a hub during the 2017 Canada Summer Games. “We’ve promised to offer athletes a high-quality competition experience in Winnipeg. The partnership with the University of Manitoba will help us deliver on that promise. Athletes, coaches and mission staff will have access to first-rate campus sports facilities, residences, and offices.”

“The University of Manitoba community is delighted to host Canada Summer Games athletes and all other associated visitors to our Fort Garry Campus,” said David Barnard, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manitoba. “We look forward to sharing our spaces and facilities with them, as we play our part in ensuring a successful games.”

COMPETITION, CARE AND COMFORT

The Investors Group Athletic Centre will be the home of indoor volleyball for the 2017 Canada Summer Games, and will include two field-of-play areas for the men’s and women’s volleyball competition.

Investors Group Field is the venue for the Closing Ceremony, presented by Investors Group, on Sunday, August 13, 2017. Home of the Canadian Football League’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers, the stadium is also a draw for major sporting events, and outdoor concerts.

The University of Manitoba Stadium will host athletics events. Originally constructed for the 1967 Pan American Games, the stadium received several major upgrades both on and off the field of play. The upgrades to this venue were identified as a key component of the 2017 Canada Summer Games’ physical legacy, and will help developing athletes in Manitoba realize their fullest potential, as well as enhance our province’s capacity to host national and international competitions.

The University of Manitoba’s residences will be transformed into the Athletes’ village for the duration of the Games, with approximately 4,000 athletes calling the campus home. During their stay, athletes will have access to the University of Manitoba’s state-of-the art Active Living Centre.

The University’s Tier Building will be the central hub for the provincial and territorial mission teams. Each provincial team will be assigned office space as they oversee team administration, logistical support, performance preparation, and competition for athletes and coaches.