The 2017 Invictus Games will be a historic opportunity for Canada and its citizens to pay tribute to and support our wounded, ill and injured soldiers, along with their families, for the sacrifices they make every day on behalf of the 35 million of us. This country’s non-military citizens actively look for ways to express their gratitude to our military, and the Invictus Games will provide an ideal forum for what we know will be an unprecedented outpouring of support.
12 adaptive sports, including wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, a variety of track and field events and, new to the 2017 Games, golf.
From September 23 to 30, 2017, Toronto will host more than 550 competitors from 17 nations for 8 days of fierce competition.
All competitors will be active duty and veteran service members from participating allied nations who have become ill or injured during or as a direct consequence of their service.
Adaptive sport (or parasport): Competitive sport for individuals with disabilities. Adaptive sport is often incorporated into the rehabilitation program of ill, wounded or injured persons. Adaptive sport competitions like the Invictus Games help currently serving members as well as veterans in overcoming their physical or mental health illness or injury. Through adaptive sport, these men and women…
The Opening Ceremony of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 on September 23, 2017, will be a spectacular, live two-hour event designed to welcome and honour competitors and their families from 17 competing nations.
The show will feature hundreds of cast members, including men and women from the Canadian Armed Forces, in stunning performances, masterfully combined with the pageantry of elements such as the Parade of Nations and the raising of the official flag.
Celebrities, world dignitaries, headline music stars and special guests will all come together as we pay tribute to dramatic Invictus stories and celebrate the brave service members of the 2017 Invictus Games.
Join thousands of friends, family and fans and welcome 550 competitors at the Opening Ceremony.
To attend the Opening Ceremony, visit our Tickets page to purchase your tickets today!
Air Canada Centre
Air Canada Centre is Canada’s premier sports and entertainment venue and home to the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs, NBA’s Toronto Raptors and the NLL’s Toronto Rock. Owned and operated by MLSE, Air Canada Centre opened its doors in February 1999 and has been recognized with more than 40 industry awards and has hosted over 39 million fans at over 2,600 events. Air Canada Centre is continually an industry top ranked sport and entertainment venue in North America and the world. First-class amenities and fan service programs make the Air Canada Centre a world-class destination.
Opening and Closing Ceremony
Fort York National Historic Site
Built in 1793 as a military garrison, Fort York served as a key defensive site during major hostilities between America and pre-Confederation Canada, including the War of 1812. The grounds of the fort and the land around it encompass part of an 1813 battlefield as well as two military cemeteries. Today Fort York serves as a historic site and during the Invictus Games will, fittingly, be the site of the archery competition.
Nathan Phillips Square
Canada’s largest public square is located at the foot of Toronto City Hall and attracts 1.5 million visitors annually. Throughout the year, Nathan Phillips Square regularly hosts art exhibits, festivals and concerts and the summer fountain transforms into a public skating rink in the winter. In 2015, the Square was action central for PANAMANIA, the TORONTO 2015 Games arts and culture festival, as well as the site of the internationally broadcast Closing Ceremony of the Parapan Am Games. This iconic Toronto venue will be home to wheelchair tennis during the 2017 Invictus Games.
Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre (formerly Maple Leaf Gardens)
Mattamy Athletic Centre is part of Ryerson University’s downtown Toronto campus. The facility was known as Canada’s “cathedral of hockey” for more than 80 years and has hosted many landmark moments. The venue was recently significantly renovated and has maintained its NHL-sized rink while incorporating multi-purpose courts and an impressive high-performance fitness facility. Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre will be home to competition finals for indoor rowing, powerlifting, sitting volleyball, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby.
Indoor rowing, powerlifting, sitting volleyball, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby
St. George’s Golf and Country Club
Designed in 1929 by the renowned golf course architect Stanley Thompson, the storied St. George’s Golf and Country Club is routinely ranked among the world’s top courses. The Club has played host to the Canadian Open five times- in 1933, 1949, 1960, 1968, 2010 and has also been a LPGA Tour stop, hosting five times between 1975 and 1984. In 2017 St. George’s will welcome Invictus Games golf competitors.
The Distillery District
Once a booming whiskey and rum production facility, the Distillery District is a Toronto destination with a history that dates back more than 185 years. In 2003, the national historic site was revitalized into an arts and culture centre, maintaining much of the Victorian buildings.
For the 2017 Invictus Games Driving Challenge, Jaguar Land Rover will design and build a unique and challenging course on the parking grounds adjacent to the Distillery District.
Jaguar Land Rover driving challenge
Toronto High Park
This large, centrally located park is a jewel in Toronto’s park system. High Park combines extensive natural areas with maintained parkland, recreational facilities and popular attractions for a unique urban park experience that can be enjoyed year-round. Recognized as one of the most significant natural sites within the City of Toronto, over one-third of the park remains in a natural state. Against the natural backdrop of High Park, Invictus Games cycling competitors will test their skills on a custom course.
Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre
As one of Canada’s newest aquatics centres, this high-end training and competition facility includes two Olympic-sized swimming pools, an Olympic-sized diving tank, as well as four international-sized basketball courts, a running track, a strength training room, a rock climbing wall, a cardio floor, and fitness studios. The Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre is a legacy of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/ Parapan Am Games and will host the 2017 Invictus Games swimming competitions as well as preliminary matches in sitting volleyball and wheelchair basketball.
Swimming, sitting volleyball and wheelchair basketball
York Lions Stadium
Constructed to host athletics at TORONTO 2015, the outdoor track and its complementary infrastructure builds on the existing world-class athletics infrastructure at York University. Fully accessible, the York Lions Stadium features an Olympic regulation track and infield and has a spectator capacity of nearly 4,000. The site did double duty as the venue for not only Pan Am and Parapan Am athletics, but for the opening ceremony of the Parapan Am Games. In 2017 it will host Invictus’ athletics competitors.
Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada
Sat, 23 September, 2017, 11:00 am