- 1959 Pan American Games
Pan American Gamesopened on August 27, 1959in sunny 90°F (32°C) heat before 40,000 people in Chicago, Illinois, United States. The first Pan American Games were held outside Latin America. They were originally scheduled for Cleveland, Ohio, but the U.S. Congress’s decision to cut $5,000,000 in federal funding forced the city to withdraw as host. Chicago, led by Mayor Richard J. Daley, then became the choice of PASO.
The Games opened at Chicago’s
Soldier Field, with 2,263 athletes competing in eighteen sports. Yachtingwas on the sports program for the first time. Swimming events were held in the Olympic size pool in Portage Park on the city's Northwest Side. The male athletes’ village was located on the campus of the University of Chicago. The 298 female athletes stayed nearby at the Shoreland Hotel.
"Host country in bold."
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