The centrepiece of the bid is a sports park to be located in the Shannon Park area of north-end Dartmouth, near the MacKay bridge.
The proposed 40-hectare park would include a stadium, aquatics centre, field house and athletesâ€™ village. The clustering of facilities worked in Halifaxâ€™s favour.
"I think the venue plan and, in particular, the plan for the athletesâ€™ village, is world-class," said Wayne Hellquist, chairman of the bid review committee.
"Itâ€™s a new facility that is going to be built with combinations required for people to live there. Itâ€™s going to be an absolutely fabulous village on the waterfront."
The estimated 6,000 athletes and officials would be able to walk to the opening and closing ceremonies. Most of them would also have easy access to their competition sites.
Mr. MacGillivray said the plan is to build the facilities as close to 2012 as possible, stage-test events in 2013 and be in full flight for 2014.
"Weâ€™re going to build new, world-class facilities," Mr. MacGillivray said. "They will be modern. It will be a city on the ocean. The setting in Halifax will be spectacular."
so if they win the bid in 2007, they are going to wait another 5 years to build the stadium?!?!?!...too long of a wait!..
that means, if the CFL really wants a 10th team by 2010, it has to be quebec-city....but they dont have a stadium either.
so the CFL has to push its goal of a 10th team by 2010, to 2012.
( hopefuly, once halifax is declared host city in 2007, CFL fans in atlantic canada will push to have that 2012 date moved earlier )