Canada Games will be shared by all of Niagara

With Niagara successfully winning the bid to host the 2021 Canada Games, many are asking what are the games and where will the sporting events be held?

The games are considered a key step in the development of the next generation of national, international and Olympic champions.

They are held every two years, alternating between winter and summer games.

Some of the venues that will be used across Niagara include:

St. Catharines- Kiwanis Field for soccer, Meridian Centre for basketball, Niagara Olympic Track at West Park for athletics, Seymour Hannah Sports Centre for wrestling, Royal Canadian Henley for rowing, along with downtown for cycling and George Taylor Field for baseball.

Welland- Flatwater Centre

Niagara College- Games broadcasting centre/media centre, practise and alternate basketball games site and housing for technical officials

Brock University- Athlete's Village and some sporting events

A sports centre and track and field stadium expected to be built at Brock on property across from regional headquarters on Merrittville Highway.

Niagara Regional Chair Alan Caslin says" every municipality will participate in some way, whether they will host one of the events or host  a practice field."

According to a media release issued by the Niagara Sports Commission, the games will "feature 17 sports, over 250 events and a major cultural festival, the 2021 Canada Games will welcome over 5,000 athletes and coaches from across the country and more than 30,000 visitors. It is projected that the games will have an economic impact of as much as $240 million across Niagara with support for 1,500 jobs and $76 million in salaries and wages."

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