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Winnipeg ready to host 1999 Pan Am Games

The Story

Construction barriers are coming down and Spanish-language classes are filling up in Winnipeg. In just three weeks, the 1999 Pan Am Games will get underway and the city is ready to welcome around 100,000 athletes, coaches and visitors. But there are a few hitches to work out: hundreds more volunteers are needed for the opening ceremony and tickets sales are only halfway to the organizers' goal. Still, Games chief Kim Browning tells CBC reporter Joni Nikolou he's confident that Winnipeggers will come through by the time the Games begin.  

Medium: Television
Program: Saturday Report
Broadcast Date: July 3, 1999
Reporter: Joni Nikolou
Host: Mark Kelley
Duration: 1:26

Did You know?

• Winnipeg won the 1999 Pan Am Games in 1994, beating out Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) and Bogota, Colombia. 

• This was the largest multi-sport event in Canadian history to that point, larger than both the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal and the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.

• About 18,000 volunteers stepped up to make the Games run smoothly.

• A new baseball stadium, home of the Winnipeg Goldeyes, was opened just two months before the Games. A new athletic centre was built at the University of Manitoba, but no other long-term sports facilities were built for the '99 Games. (A temporary cycling velodrome was erected for the Games and then sold to a Dutch buyer.)   



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