According to this poster from Sportsnet, no one cares about the CFL in Halifax:
"NHL in Halifax
Posted: 16-Nov-2006 10:33 AM Reply
I was just reading the Hockey Hearsay posts about new NHL teams in Canada and where they should be placed. I get the impression that many people who are not from Halifax (and likely have never been here) don't think that the city could support an NHL team. I would like to clear-up that misconception. If anyone took a look at the support that our junior team (The Mooseheads) gets and the success of the World Junior Championship here they would see the passion we have for hockey. We do not currently have an arena to support the team (although there has been a lot of talk about building one and it will be built if we are successful in our bid for the Commonwealth games) but the fan support is definately here. I think it would be very reasonable to assume that an NHL team here would get at least 14,000 to 15,000 fans at every game. I do realize that would make us a smaller market team but under the CBA with revenue sharing it would survive, and thrive. The referneces to unemployment rates and the inability to support a CFL team hold no water at all. Halifax is a very rapidly growing city and the inability to support a CFL team is not due to population or ability to afford the tickets it is simply that the citizens who live here, for the most part, do not care in any way about the CFL. You can not compare the CFL to a league that people live and breathe such as the NHL. Every preseason game that is played here (and we get 4-6 a year) sells out. I would absolutely love to see a team here, preferably called The Halifax Explosion, and I am safe in saying that a vast majority of the population here agrees."
Here was my response to him:
"Re: NHL in Halifax
Posted: 16-Nov-2006 2:04 PM Reply
Halifax has about as much chance of getting an NHL team as the North Pole does. Look, an NHL team is more presigious than an CFL team for sure and brings with it many more dates for games and therefore business to the city, I will admit as someone who eats and breathes the CFL, but Halifax has much better chances of getting a CFL team than NHL, even if no one cares about the CFL there as you say. The NHL would laugh at going to a city the size of Halifax, heck they laughed at going to Hamilton and this city and surrounding area has about 4 million people, a tad more than little Halifax.
So, sorry to burst your bubble but those are the facts. And quite frankly, as someone who really wanted to see Halifax get into the CFL, well, if no one cares as you say, maybe they shouldn't have a team. But tell me, what are you going to do with that 30,000-40,000 seat stadium you get if you get the Commonwealth Games? You're NFL chances would be worse than your NHL chances.
And if no one cares about the CFL, why did they pack Huskie Stadium for a CFL ex game a couple years back and add temporary seating?"