Halifax Mayor: More outdoor stadium talk for Halifax coming very soon

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HALIFAX - Mayor Mike Savage says he plans to resurrect conversations about a professional multi-event stadium in Halifax in the near future.

“It’s a conversation that we will be picking up sometime in the next number of months to see what the appetite of council is…and also to see what partners we have,” he said Monday.

The commissioner of the Canadian Football League told the Fan 590 last week that he’d had “conversations” with the new mayor of Halifax about bringing a 10th franchise to the east coast.

“The new mayor of Halifax is very interested in the project we’ve done in Ottawa,” said Mark Cohon on the Tim & Sid show Thursday. “Can the CFL be a catalyst for urban renewal for some areas in Halifax? We’re starting to have those conversations.”

Savage said he’s spoken to Cohon several times, most recently about a month ago, about bringing a team to Halifax – but whether a CFL team is in the cards or not, Savage said a stadium would be of benefit to the municipality.

“I think it would be part of economic development, it’s part of community building,” he said. “There are many communities much smaller, less affluent than our own that have stadiums and stadiums can be very positive.”

The previous regional council voted not to move ahead with a stadium last year, tied to a bid to host the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup event, because of a lack of funding.

The project was estimated to cost between $54.8 and $71.1 million.

Organizations: Canadian Football League

Geographic location: Halifax, Ottawa

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  • wingman
    July 23, 2013 - 14:06

    Is this new Mayor a complete idiot. The CFL will never draw in the Maritimes. They have a hard time drawing in both Toronto and Montreal. One or two games a year is a novelty but this attendance will not keep up for a full season. But if the Mayor continues to talk about this foolishness I hope both our Federal and Provincial governments tell him HRM is on their own when it comes to these pie in the sky ideas.