The 2011 Pan American Games, officially the 16th Pan American Games, is a major international multi-sport event that takes place every year in different countries; this year the chosen place will be Guadalajara, in Jalisco, Mexico. It will be held on October 14th through October 30th, 2011, with some events held in nearby cities of Ciudad Guzmán, Puerto Vallarta, Lagos de Moreno and Tapalpa.

It is the largest multi-sport event, with approximately 6,000 athletes from 42 nations expected to participate in 36 sports.

Guadalajara, proudly welcomes the opportunity to organize the Pan American Games, by revitalizing the entire city, in particular its downtown historic center. By doing so, Guadalajara reaffirms its position in the world as a place that sees itself as the core of the Mexican culture, as well as a multinational city offering a higher quality of life to its citizens and to its visitors.