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Published on November 9, 2015 10:27 PM by dbo.
A municipal staff report recommends further study of the feasibility of a stadium at Shannon Park, along with increasing the size to 20,000. This is immediately called out as a CFL stadium play and the objections start.
No matter the intentions of staff in making the size increase recommendation in their report (they would certainly need to up their recommendation again before it would be suitable for a CFL team in that market), I have no hope that Halifax (and likely the Maritimes) will move forward with a detailed study on the costs and partnerships possible so a decision can be made once a for all. The ever vocal objections start before they even know what they are talking about. Sadly, this means the CFL needs to move on and focus on Quebec City, which may be more open to exploring the opportunity.
Update Nov. 11, 2015: The answer — a resounding “No”. They know all the answers already (no government or private money, not ready, not right location) so no need for a study. I think they are at least a generation away from being ready.