Fallen Glory of the Pan Am Games


In 1991, the 11th Pan American Games here held in Havana, Cuba. For sixteen days in August 4,519 athletes from 39 countries flooded the country participating in 32 different sports. The Estadio Panamericano, was the main stadium and has the capacity to hold 50,000 people.


The stadium now which was the focus of such glory sits in ruins. The lighting, the seats details and structure have been left to decay.


Surprisingly, the inner field is still well kept. Unfortunately, the only spectator now is a large image of Che Guevera overlooking the pitch.
Visible from the main highway as you enter the city, the stadium is a reminder of Cuba’s international presence on the global stage.  See more here.

Pan Am / YMCA Recreation Facility


Toronto-based firm, MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects (MJMA), is part of a large integrated team responsible for the recreation centre and training facility that will form part of Toronto’s 2015 Pan Am Games Athlete’s Village. The program includes a sports medicine clinic, fitness centre, pool, and ancillary athletic and wellness facilities. The building design balances the diverse needs of the Games and the legacy recreation needs of the community, after the games.


Through human-scaled, pedestrian friendly, user-centric civic gestures, the design of the YMCA facility supports the West Don Lands Precinct Plan and contributes to the urban vision of the Pan Am Athletes Village for a sustainable, vibrant, mixed-use community. The YMCA is operationally distinct but cohesively integrated on the site with the George Brown Student Housing (GBSH) complex. In collaboration with architectsAlliance and KPMB Architects.