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Pan American Games Athlete Village

Aug. 05, 2019, 2 p.m. (ET)

LIMA, Peru - August 5, 2019 - After a comeback win or tough loss, the athletes competing in the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru need a place to go back and unwind. That is exactly the purpose of the Athlete Village located in Villa el Salvador, a residential district on the outskirts of Lima. Specifically constructed for the Games, it is the athletes’ home away from home for the duration of their competition. 

 

Seven towers fashioned in a semicircle hold 1,096 recently completed apartments in the village that house more than 10,000 Pan American athletes, coaches, team staff and officials. Each room, outfitted in the official Lima logos, can accommodate up to five people. With plenty of open space, athletes can personalize the room with whatever they please such as posters, lights or photos. In fact, it is customary that each nation identify its own area with items in its colors and hang native flags. 


In addition to the rooms, common areas within the towers for athletes of all disciplines offer space where athletes can hang out after a long day of practice or matches. There are also entertainment rooms that hold ping pong, pool, foosball and chess tables. Since there are competitions going on, the village offers areas for athletes to train. This includes a gym, pool and other necessary accommodations for each sport. As for the food, the Dining Hall serves as the one-stop-shop for the athletes to feed their dietary needs. It boasts a wide variety of options, including some traditional Peruvian dishes. 


Following the conclusion of the Games, the Athlete Village will serve an important purpose as it turns into housing for Lima residents. Helpful features such as braille signage and tactile paving around the complex make it one of the largest accessible residential complexes in Peru.