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article imageCanada Games Centre holds grand opening

By Kevin Jess     Jan 17, 2011 in Sports
Halifax - Governments celebrated the grand opening of the Canada Games Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia on Saturday setting the stage to welcome Canadian athletes to the 2011 Canada Winter Games which will commence February 11.
Premier Darrell Dexter joined Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, and HRM Mayor Peter Kelly to officially open the new centre, which will be a showcase venue for the Halifax 2011 Canada Games.
Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter said in a press release Saturday, "The Canada Games Centre at the Mainland Common is the crown jewel of the Halifax 2011 Canada Games legacy. Not only will this facility showcase some of Canada's best young athletes, it will also make life better through endless opportunities for Nova Scotians to lead active, healthy lifestyles. The province is proud to have invested in this world-class facility."
The $40 million, 176,000 square foot facility boasts an eight-lane, 25-metre indoor pool, a leisure pool, water slide, a 52,000-square-foot field house, an indoor 200-metre running/walking track and two separate areas for spectators seating 500 people combined, four full-sized gymnasium courts, an 11,500-square-foot health, fitness and wellness centre, a youth centre, a dance/arts/culture studio room several multipurpose rooms, leased space and a café.
Halifax Mayor, Peter Kelly said, "We are honoured and excited at the prospect of hosting the Canada Games and we welcome the infrastructure legacy with which our community will be endowed. The magnificent Canada Games Centre in particular, will provide recreational benefit for residents of all ages and will ensure the spirit of the Games lives on, long after the closing ceremonies."
The Canada Games Centre will be the hub of Games activity as 3,600 of the country's best athletes, managers and coaches will compete in venues throughout Halifax and the surrounding area such as Mount Martock and Wentworth. The Centre itself will host three sports - badminton, artisitic gymnastices and synchronized swimming - along with many other pre-games activities, such as test events and volunteer functions, says the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) website.
Sporting events at the 2011 Winter Games will include, hockey (male and female), curling (male and female), long and short track speed skating, figure skating, gymnastics, boxing, ringette, squash, wheelchair basketball, table tennis, badminton, shooting, archery, free-style skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, biathlon, alpine skiing, synchronized swimming, and judo.
The Games will run from February 11-27 and will be the largest multi-sport event in Nova Scotia history and Halifax’s first Canada Winter Games.
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