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The University of Manitoba campus will transformed into a home away from home for the teams and athletes of the 2017 Canada Summer Games, the host society and school announced Monday.
The two organizations officially signed an agreement which will grant the Games access to buildings and facilities that will operate as competition venues, the athletes’ village, and offices for mission staff from each province and territory and Games organizers.
"We’ve promised to offer athletes a high-quality competition experience in Winnipeg," Jeff Hnatiuk, president and CEO of the Games host society, said in a news release. "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."
Under the terms of the agreement, the U of M's student residences will house the roughly 4,000 athletes taking part in the July 28 to Aug. 13 event.
The Investors Group Athletic Centre will be the home of indoor volleyball, U of M Stadium will be the site of athletics events, Investors Group Field is the venue for the Games' closing ceremony, and the school's Tier Building will be the central hub for the provincial/territorial teams' administration and logistical support.
"The University of Manitoba community is delighted to host Canada Summer Games athletes and all other associated visitors to our Fort Garry campus," president and vice-chancellor David Barnard said in a release. "We look forward to sharing our spaces and facilities with them, as we play our part in ensuring a successful Games."
The lead up to the start of the 16-sport, 17-day event will begin in earnest Wednesday with the re-lighting of the 1967 Pan American Games centennial flame in Winnipeg. The flame ceremony is part of a day of indigenous cultural services, including a sacred fire ceremony at the Bannock Point Petroforms in Whiteshell Provincial Park.
The Canada Summer Games torch relay begins Friday in Steinbach.