2015 Pan Am Games logo unveiled amid great fanfare

Toronto’s 2015 Pan Am Games logo is meant to reflect people coming together.

And bring people together it did.

The logo was unveiled Sept. 29 outside the Air Canada Centre to great fanfare.

“We are thrilled with the way it reflects our shared heritage, collaboration and commitment to the timeless passion and joy of sport and our Toronto 2015 rallying theme, United We Play,” said Ian Troop, CEO of the host corporation for the games.

Inspiration for the logo came from the figurative styles of pre-Columbian Aboriginal art forms throughout the Americas, according to a press release.

The unveiling drew a large crowd, which took in performances by break-boy Lazy Legz and singers Chantal Kreviazuk, Captain Hooks and Karl Wolf.

Planners of the 2015 Pan Am Games hope to highlight the cities of Canada to the rest of the world, promote athletics and leave a legacy of world-class facilities, much like the legacy left by the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games.

“A legacy of the games will be the legacy that we create together,” said Troop.

He said the construction of sports facilities to accommodate the influx of competitors across the GTA will create jobs and provide a vehicle for training 10,000 athletes.

Of the planned structures, one will be at the University of Toronto Scarborough. It will be accessible to athletes, students of UofT and the community.

“We need you all to be a part of this,” said Troop.

The games are projected to run Toronto a hefty bill of more than $2 billion, $1 billion of which is to be allocated to an athlete’s village in the West Don Lands, bounded by the waterfront and the Don River.

Once the games are over, the village will be used as residential housing.