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Halifax presented its plan on Saturday to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games to Canada's Bid Review Committee.
The presentation was part of the competition to decide who will represent Canada in the bid to host games.
Halifax's tactic was to show the committee it can win the overall bid to host the games.
"They need to see we have the capability to win the international bid when we go up against Scotland and Nigeria," Will Njoku of Halifax's Commonwealth Bid Committee told CTV News reporter Jonathan MacInnis.
"They need to see that we're prepared. We need to show them visually and give them the confidence to make a decision and have that decision be Halifax."
The Bid Review Committee refused to comment yesterday on Halifax's presentation.
Scotland and Nigeria are the other countries bidding to host the Commonwealth Games, which are the world's third largest multi-sport event.
The competition comprises 10 days of sporting and cultural events. Organizers expect 6,900 athletes and officials from around the world to participate. One million spectators are also expected to attend the games.
The city plans on creating a 100-acre Commonwealth Park, which will include a stadium, Athletes' Village and an aquatics centre. Halifax had to show the team the city is capable of building these facilities.
"We have a lot of professionals from different areas. "They're going to bring their expertise to show the committee that we're prepared as a team, as a city to do what they think we can do," Njoku said.
It will cost millions of dollars to host the games, but Halifax expects the economic benefits to the city will be over $2 billion. Supporters of the city's bid also anticipate the benefits of hosting the games will be long-lasting because the facilities that will be built will lend themselves to landing a CFL team in the future.
The other Canadian cities competing against Halifax are Ottawa, Hamilton and the municipality of York Region.
The winner of the bid to represent Canada will be announced Thursday.