SportsEvents Magazine

JUN 2018

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June 2018 32 www.sportseventsmagazine.com world's greatest, Muhammad Ali. "With its new renovation, the center features a full-sized ice rink that can accommodate 2,539 seated fans, a multi- purpose court for basketball and volleyball, and multiple other court sports with double gyms available within the University," Crawford said. "The revitalization of the of the gardens brings the community back to its historic home and serves the students of Ryerson University and their athletic teams." The 1,000-seat FIFA basketball and volleyball court can be rented together and the venue can use two unique surfaces: the ice hockey rink and hardwood surface for basketball and volleyball. "Sports that can be played at the facility include hockey, basketball, volleyball, curling, wheelchair basketball and wrestling, judo or karate," Crawford said. "From September to April, the space hosts numerous varsity sport competitions for Ryerson, sport organiza- tions and associations. From May through September, the venue is open for use by sports groups and the public for events such as wheelchair basketball, concerts and curling." In 2015, the U Sports Men's Basketball Championships were held at Mattamy Athletic Centre. Last year the venue hosted the Invictus Games, the U Sports Women's Volleyball Championships and the Men's U23 World Wheelchair Basketball tourna- ment. This year, Crawford said the Grand Slam of Curling Players' Championship will return for a third year and next year the 2019 Special Olympics Invitational Youth Games and the U Sports Women's Basket- ball Championships will hold events. When the Invictus Games came to Toronto last year, 540 competitors from 17 countries competed for eight days in the competition to recognize injured and ill soldiers. Those athletes brought more than 1,000 family members and friends along to watch competitions in 12 adaptive sports utilizing venues across the city. Like the Invictus Games, basketball and volleyball championships and even wres- tling and martial arts events bring visitors to the area, impacting hotel rooms and gener- ating economic development opportunities. In addition to the sports events, Crawford said fans and athletes also visit attractions such as the Hockey Hall of Fame, CN Tower and Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, in addition to the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and the Distillery Historic District, one of Toronto's most picturesque sites. Toronto is also home to professional sports such as the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Toronto Raptors, the Toronto Blue Jays, the Toronto FC and Toronto Rock, the national lacrosse team. Crawford said the tourism bureau assists groups with finding and booking sports venues and facilities, and assists with accommodations for site selection and bid assistance. Multi-use facilities across North America continue to hit the mark with athletes, their families and the communities the venues serve. n t SPECIAL Feature BIG PLACE BIGGER EVENTS Fairplex, home of the LA County Fair, is easily accessible and versatile – perfect for just about anything, including any sport. 909.865.4042 fairplex.com sales@fairplex.com 1101 W. McKinley Ave. Pomona, CA 91768 Plan your next event at our nearly 500-acre campus!

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