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Why 2015 will be Canada’s great summer of sport.

From FIFA Women’s World Cup to the PanAm and Parapan Games and more, fans from around the sporting world will be flocking to this country.

21 January 2015

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In summer 2015, fans from around the world will explore Canada coast to coast as we welcome the world for the best in sporting competition. It will be an incredible season, with seven cities hosting five major international events and 13 professional teams competing in three major leagues. This will be our summer of sport.

Over 1.5 million soccer fans are expected to cheer on their teams during the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 (plus half a billion global TV viewers). With 24 countries competing in 52 matches over 30 days at world-class stadiums in Moncton, NB, Montréal, QC, Ottawa, ON, Winnipeg, MB, Edmonton, AB, and Vancouver, BC, the tournament is the pinnacle of women’s soccer. The action starts June 6.

Toronto plays host to the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games—Ontario’s first international multisport event in 85 years. Our nation’s mega-metropolis is well equipped and brimming with excitement to greet 7,000 elite athletes from 41 nations for the world’s third-largest international multisport games. The 36 events of the Pan Am Games start July 10 while the 15 events of the Parapan Am Games begin Aug. 7.

Tennis greats like Serena Williams, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal—along with $3 million in prize money and 134 years of history—serve to make the Rogers Cup one of Canada’s premier pro tournaments. Simultaneous men’s and women’s matches are played in Toronto and Montréal, respectively, starting Aug. 7.

Just how fast is F1 fast? Find out at Montréal’s Grand Prix du Canada, when racers lap Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve at 300 km/h (186 mph), while Quebec’s largest city teems with lively soirées. The only thing that moves faster than the cars are the 72 hours visitors have to take it all in from June 5.

A $6 million purse attracts attention—that’s why the best-known names in golf are set to descend on Glen Abby Golf Club, near Toronto, for the annual RBC Canadian Open. Tee-off is July 20.

Canadian pro sports will also have their chance to shine in 2015. Major League Soccer kicks off a new season in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal in March. Mid-April marks Toronto’s Major League Baseball home opener—the beloved Blue Jays are at bat throughout the sunny months, a true T.O. must-do. Starting early July, the collective cheering from nine cities full of Canadian Football League fans will be louder than a Prairie thunderstorm. And—whisper it softly—the Stanley Cup will reach its climax in early summer. What price a Canadian name on the famous trophy in 2015?

Yes, in 2015, Canada is sports central—and we’re rolling out a series of helpful guides for the seven major-event host cities. Don your jerseys, paint your faces and get hyped. The Summer of Sport is almost here.

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