The clock is ticking down and in a matter of months the Canada Games Centre will open its doors.

The first activity for the $40.5 million facility in Clayton Park will be a test event for the Canada Games. An artistic gymnastics event will take place Nov. 25 to 28 followed by a synchronized swimming test in December.

There will be a “soft” public opening in January, said Terry Gallagher, manager of facility development for HRM.

“It’s called a soft opening because there will be a transition plan with some activities and programs from Northcliffe,” he said.

There won’t be regular programming until after the Canada Games in February.

Construction is going well, Gallagher said in an interview yesterday. The project is on schedule and on budget.

“There’s the exterior work and the landscaping going on now, and they’re working on finishing off the tile work around the pool and laying the floor in the field house.”

A general manager —Gary Furlong — was recently hired and over 100 staff will be hired in the coming months.

The building on Lacewood Drive will host a number of provincial, national and international tournaments in the coming years. It has four pools (competition, leisure, hydrotherapy and one for small children) as well as a field house, track, café, and a health and wellness centre.