Nova Scotia

Crews finalizing Halifax oval for Friday opening

In preparation for the Halifax oval's official opening on Friday, crews have removed the earth displaced to build the oval.

First few frozen layers now good enough for a test run

In preparation for the Halifax oval's official opening on Friday, crews have removed the earth that has been displaced in the construction process.

The first few layers of water have frozen on the concrete base of the skating circuit. Despite the direct afternoon sunlight, it was still slippery enough for a test run.

John Henry, HRM oval manager, said there is much excitement around the project's completion.

"We've heard a lot of wonderful stories and a lot of questions coming in about when we're going to be open and when we're going to be able to put the skates on and get on the ice," Henry said.

"I think there's going to be a great celebration."

Henry said he hopes the weather stays as ideal for skating as it was on Monday.

"Right now the weather is co-operating with us. The concern is when we get into mild and more warm climate that certainly it takes a lot more energy and difficulty in starting to form that ice," he said.

The refrigerator units can keep the surface frozen at up to 10 degrees, and Henry is optimistic the oval will stay ice cold.

The official ribbon cutting will be held at noon Friday, followed by the opening to the public. The oval's hours are posted to the city's website.

It will likely operate until March, weather depending.