Hundreds of York University community members enjoyed a first-hand look at the new York Lions Stadium (formerly the Toronto 2015 CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Stadium) mid-day Monday during a special event.
Pan.de.mo.ni.um, organized by The Harriet Lewis FUNd committee in partnership with York University Athletics & Recreation, invited faculty, staff, students, retirees and alumni to a celebratory event marking the official transfer of the stadium to York University.
From 11:30am to 1:30pm, visitors took advantage of opportunity to participate in athletic events such as the 100-metre sprint and the long jump, or walking/running the track at their leisure.
Music in the stadium set a backdrop for a celebratory mood, and visitors enjoyed having photos taken with the York Mascots, indulging in free popcorn and watching an on-the-ground performance by Samba Squad. The first 100 visitors were also treated to a free gift of a York University water bottle.
The York Lions Stadium is a multimillion dollar Tier 1 Track & Field facility that is a legacy of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.
This special event was made possible by former University secretary and general counsel Harriet Lewis, along with the Athletics & Recreation Division. It was the first in a number of events for the York University community. The Harriet Lewis FUNd was established through a gift made by Lewis to the University community when she retired.