Great sale message to Atlantic Canada by the Commissioner - Randy Ambrosie ! I sure hope that those fans down there find a way to get a stadium built so that a team can join the CFL. Everyone benefits from a balanced 5 Western & 5 Eastern division.
Expansion talk has been going on even before the first Atlantic Schooner's conditional franchise was awarded in 1982... more than 40 years ago. Unfortunately folks this is never going to happen without a major player... like an Irving Group... being involved who has the political influence to actually get a stadium built. Local governments... and local thinking provincial governments get blinded by the cost and fail to see the economic benefits. Income and sales tax revenue generated by the construction of a works project like building a stadium ... plus the ripple effect of money being spent throughout the economy during the life of the project results in an immediate return of about 30% of the overall cost.
This Atlantic "expansion" has been going for some 50 years !!
Knock it off or Just Do It - and NOT in the next 2 decades.
So Tired of this schpeal - we will ALL be dead waiting for this to happen or not happen.
Wow, surprised with so much negativity. Certain things are necessary (as some mentioned) for this to happen but can't see why it won't. For the life of me, can't understand how some people haven't embraced this amazing league. Suppose for some, they will always find an excuse rather than support but I'd suggest that there is nothing more Canadian than the CFL and look forward to this league flourishing for years to come.
Atlantic Canada would love to see a team and a stadium in the next 2 to 3 years. Nova Scotia government and businesses (Sobeys, Irving) need to step forward and make this happen.
Commissioner Ambrosie, if we get the stadium built, can you GUARANTEE we will host the Grey Cup in our 2nd or 3rd year of playing in the league? This could possibly help sway the government to help kick in if they know some economic benefits will be returned in the short-term.
Ambrosie is full of it. The Als play at McGill Stadium, a university pitch. Why can't a Halifax team do the same until a new stadium is built. He has to be replaced with a comish who has the balls to get things done. Expand or Resign
Too many unknowns here. The Schooner Sports and Entertainment group hasn't been heard from in a while now. They didn't get behind the last TD Atlantic in an official capacity. I have heard that the CFL is starting from scratch in Halifax.
Ambrosie is just a figurehead. He does what the owners tell him to do. He is the "Jack Tunney" of the CFL and if he resigned, they would hire another stooge. Getting rid of Ambrosie is akin to rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. The Schooners best chance is to start their franchise in Moncton. Halifax is a dumpster fire of epic proportions and it's going to take a while for it to sort itself out.
Just because the Halifax mayor isn't front and centre in the media that doesn't mean that something isn't happening (in the form of dialogue) behind the scenes. CFL is hardly ever honest about what it is doing, with the fans. Communication isn't their strong suit. I'm not surprised that we haven't heard anything lately. Last I heard the two sides were trying to agree on the size of the stadium. CFL wants a 26kish stadium and Halifax wanted a smaller one. If we don't hear anything in the next two years then I would think that Halifax won that battle and the CFL whimpered off. However, I'm expecting some news in the off-season because selling the idea of neutral site games is in the CFL's best interest.