HALIFAX CAN’T AFFORD TO DROP BALL ON STADIUM
The reason for a stadium is clear and that is the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. Canada is hosting the event and looking for cites to play games in. Halifax wants to hold a game or two or more and, to join the list, must have a stadium. Hence, the hurry to build one in this part of Atlantic Canada. Why they even have a committee called the Strategic Stadium Steering Committee.
"We’ve completed phase one of the deal, said committee vice chair Peter Spurway. “This sets up the kind of stadium and other parameters that are needed.”
"Things like size, and location will be discussed if Phase II is a go. Right now, we are looking at a stadium with 10-15,000 seating for the soccer matches but location and expansion seating are items to be dealt with," said Spurway.http://tsn.ca/columnists/alex_walling/?id=373419
To build a stadium for soccer only is hardly worth it. It must be done to have a CFL team and hold 25,000. If Halifax gets Women’s World Cup games but the stadium is not suitable for anything else, then it may be a white elephant if it only holds 10-15,000.
Halifax should look at what Moncton has done. They got funding for a 10,000-seat stadium to host an international track and field event and built it on land that made it possible for expansion to hold over 20,000 with temporary seating. As a result, the CFL played their first regular season game in a non-CFL city there last fall as Moncton hosted the Toronto Argonauts and Edmonton Eskimos. It was an overwhelming succes