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.