The Pan-Am Games finally got underway last night with the opening ceremony taking place at the Rogers Centre in downtown Toronto.
But how many care? Why are hotel rooms reserved at a lower rate than last summer? and of the 1.4 million tickets available, only 800,000 had been sold by this past Monday.
The New York Times headline yesterday was “In an indifferent Toronto, the Pan Am Games Land With a Thud”. Toronto Mayor John Tory criticized the City’s people about their attitude toward the Games, with the NY Times quoting Tory saying “I think the only sport that we’re not playing in the Pan-Am Games is sort of moaning and groaning, and Toronto, on a regular basis, would be qualifying for a gold medal in that.”
There are other cities and communities hosting various Pan-Am events, but will these Games turn out to be a financial loss of real magnitude among people who don’t care and perhaps don’t even know they’re happening?
Roy is joined by Sue-Ann Levy, columnist Toronto Sun/Sun Media who wrote columns on the cost breakdown and the significant salary hikes involved – and Catherine Swift, Past CEO/Chair CFIB.