Poll shows strong support for CFL franchise in Halifax, Huskies coach favours idea

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By Haley Ryan - Metro Halifax

HALIFAX - A new poll suggests the people of Halifax want a professional football team, and a local university coach says the city could “definitely” bring a Maritime party to the Canadian Football League.


On Wednesday, Corporate Research Associates released a survey showing the majority of people in Halifax, Bedford, Dartmouth and other areas of HRM – 65 per cent in fact – would support a CFL team.

Another 21 per cent were opposed, and 14 per cent were unsure.

“I personally love the idea,” said Saint Mary’s Huskies football coach Perry Marchese.

“It’s a sports town … and a good indication is the Mooseheads and the success they’re having.”

Marchese, who has helped coach the Toronto Argonauts and Hamilton Tiger-Cats, said he saw the city’s appetite for football when Halifax hosted the Touchdown Atlantic pre-season game between Hamilton and Toronto in 2005.

“The support then was good and I believe it would be good now,” he said.

Marchese said the “first hurdle” for Halifax is getting a proper stadium, which Mayor Mike Savage said last month he wants to look into.

If Halifax decides to make a real bid for a CFL team, Marchese said Nova Scotia has an advantage because we’re very good at making things “an event.”

“We can make things a party … the NFL is built around tailgate parties and merchandising, and we can do that here.”

A total of 405 people were surveyed in the poll, which carries a margin of error of 4.9 percentage points.

Organizations: CFL, Corporate Research Associates, Toronto Argonauts NFL

Geographic location: Halifax, Bedford, Dartmouth Saint Mary Nova Scotia

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Recent comments

  • observer
    August 23, 2013 - 06:29

    Lots of support until they see the price of tickets

  • gasman lets frack
    August 22, 2013 - 07:49

    Another example of a Don Mills poll that is not backed up by actual money to the business case he presents. IN the open house groups for the HRM stadium committee to build a stadium for Fifa 2015 world womens a mere 32 people in the positive stood up at Fennell Hall. The same crowd of people went to the Halifax forum meetings. 405 people could easily be cherry picked for MR Mills long time agenda of building a Stadium in Halifax no matter what the cost IE hosting the 2014 commonwealth games at over 3 billion in cost. The second question of these pro stadium folks should be ' are you willing to pay 5000 dollars for your seat in the Stadium and then pick up the shortfall of the stadium which has been identified by the 2015 Committee.