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 âdefinitelyâ 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 â 65 per cent in fact â would support a CFL team.
Another 21 per cent were opposed, and 14 per cent were unsure.
âI personally love the idea,â said Saint Maryâs Huskies football coach Perry Marchese.
âItâs a sports town â¦ and a good indication is the Mooseheads and the success theyâre having.â
Marchese, who has helped coach the Toronto Argonauts and Hamilton Tiger-Cats, said he saw the cityâs appetite for football when Halifax hosted the Touchdown Atlantic pre-season game between Hamilton and Toronto in 2005.
âThe support then was good and I believe it would be good now,â he said.
Marchese said the âfirst hurdleâ 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 weâre very good at making things âan event.â
âWe can make things a party â¦ the NFL is built around tailgate parties and merchandising, and we can do that here.â
A total of 405 people were surveyed in the poll, which carries a margin of error of 4.9 percentage points.