HALIFAX - Mayor Mike Savage says he plans to resurrect conversations about a professional multi-event stadium in Halifax in the near future.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a conversation that we will be picking up sometime in the next number of months to see what the appetite of council is‚Ä¶and also to see what partners we have,‚ÄĚ he said Monday.
The commissioner of the Canadian Football League told the Fan 590 last week that he‚Äôd had ‚Äúconversations‚ÄĚ with the new mayor of Halifax about bringing a 10th franchise to the east coast.
‚ÄúThe new mayor of Halifax is very interested in the project we‚Äôve done in Ottawa,‚ÄĚ said Mark Cohon on the Tim & Sid show Thursday. ‚ÄúCan the CFL be a catalyst for urban renewal for some areas in Halifax? We‚Äôre starting to have those conversations.‚ÄĚ
Savage said he‚Äôs spoken to Cohon several times, most recently about a month ago, about bringing a team to Halifax ‚Äď but whether a CFL team is in the cards or not, Savage said a stadium would be of benefit to the municipality.
‚ÄúI think it would be part of economic development, it‚Äôs part of community building,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúThere are many communities much smaller, less affluent than our own that have stadiums and stadiums can be very positive.‚ÄĚ
The previous regional council voted not to move ahead with a stadium last year, tied to a bid to host the 2015 FIFA Women‚Äôs World Cup event, because of a lack of funding.
The project was estimated to cost between $54.8 and $71.1 million.