Pan Am Organizers Scramble After Volunteer Shirt Snafu

(ATR) Also: Hamilton soccer stadium ready ... Pan Ams name security supplier.

(ATR) Volunteers for the Pan American Games received faulty apparel, resulting in a recall.

Some 60,000 polo shirts designed for Pan Am volunteers were printed using a shiny logo that was found to come off once washed.

Staffers at the uniform distribution center in Toronto realized the error the first day of distribution. Those who received the volunteer kits after the flaw was discovered did not receive the shirt in their kit.

Event organizers have issued a full recall of the shirts and manufacturer Joe Fresh is in the process of ushering out the new and improved designs that should withstand a washing machine.

The manufacturer will be responsible for all expenses including the cost of updating the shirts and any postage necessary to deliver them.

Volunteers will receive the improved polo shirts through the mail or they can go to the uniform distribution center in Toronto where the new shirts are expected imminently.

Hamilton Soccer Stadium Released to the City

After nearly a year of construction delays and setbacks, the CIBC Pan Am Soccer Stadium is open to the city of Hamilton.

The $145 million stadium will host football matches during the Pan Am Games this July and is located roughly an hour away from Toronto.

The stadium reached the substantial completion mark last Thursday and the keys were given to the city at the beginning of this week.

The city says they now have approximately six or seven weeks to transform the stadium to be ready for the games in July. They have to cover old sponsor names that remain from when the stadium was Tim Horton’s Field as well as add new advertisements from sponsors of these games.

The Public Works staff of Hamilton also needs to complete their inspection of the renovated facilities in order to commission it and prepare it for the Pan Ams.

The Hamilton police are beginning their training exercises this week to prepare for the international event.

Sword Management Named Official Security Supplier

Pan Am Games organizers have chosen a security supplier with experience at large international sporting events.

Sword Management has supplied their services to international competitions such as the London 2012 Olympics and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

"Having a security partner with credibility and international experience is necessary to ensure the Games are fun and welcoming for everyone. We are pleased to welcome Sword to the Toronto 2015 Games to provide this important service," said Saäd Rafi, the chief executive officer of Toronto 2015.

Sword will provide their security services at more than 20 venues during the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.

Written by Kevin Nutley

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