The track at University Stadium will see numerous upgrades based on a joint planning process between the 2017 Canada Summer Games, University of Manitoba, and Athletics Manitoba. The 2017 Canada Summer Games are contributing nearly two million dollars to the project, primarily to the resurfacing of the track and other enhancements to the field of play and warm up areas.
Upon completion, the track will achieve the distinction of being certified as an IAAF Class II track & field facility (International Association of Athletics Federations), of which there are only nine in all of Canada. Class I certification is reserved for tracks meeting Olympic specifications. University Stadium hosted the Athletics competitions of the 1967 and 1999 Pan Am Games, and was once home to the University of Manitoba’s Bison Football program. As part of the overall project plan, the University of Manitoba has committed to making the stadium a dedicated Athletics facility, one of only a handful across Canada.
Track resurfacing and line painting in progress at University Stadium.