ToonTown Finalist For Big Event

Saskatoon has made the short-list of cities bidding on the 2020 Can-Am Police-Fire Games. The city previously hosted this event in 2008, where over 600 participants came to the city to compete. Many of these participants brought along friends and family, resulting in a significant positive economic impact.

Saskatoon Sports Tourism submitted the bid to the Can-Am Police-Fire Games Federation in Toronto in late March, and is the only Canadian city to make the short-list from seven cities who submitted letters of intent. Other contenders include Bangor, Maine, Lubbock, Texas, and Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri.

“Multi-sport events like this are great for the city, especially from a tourism perspective,” said Hugh Vassos, bid co-chair. “Many of the athletes take vacations around the games and will travel with their families, as the event takes place in the summer. We would be expecting participants from across Canada and the northern United States. We look forward to participating in the next steps in the bid process and are enthusiastic about the opportunity to showcase our city.”

Saskatoon Sports Tourism will host the Can-Am Police-Fire Games Federation this September for a site visit to highlight potential venues, facilities and accommodations for the 2020 games. The bid committee will then travel to Las Vegas in October for the final presentation. The Federation is expected to announce the successful host city by the end of 2015.