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CFL commissioner 'optimistic' about potential Halifax-based team

Randy Ambrosie said it's reasonable to believe Halifax could have a CFL team within two or three years if a stadium can be worked out
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Commissioner of the Canadian Football League Randy Ambrosie believes the Maritimes are on the right track to have a team brought to the region.

Ambrosie wouldn't go into detail about the group pitching the idea or the exact plans that have been made so far, but he told The Rick Howe Show he does believe the right steps are being taken.

He recognizes getting a stadium built is a necessity and said the group has been in discussions with all levels of government to see what options are available to bring a venue to the area.

"I think we've got a really good set of partners to work with there," he said. "I know they're having ongoing discussions with the city, the province and federal government about a facility for football, and obviously to bring both national and international events to the Maritime region."

Despite the previous try at getting the Atlantic Schooners up and running, he said this time, there are new and innovated strategies available for building stadiums that could make the attempt more feasible. 

Ambrosie said the league will continue to work with the group on a business plan that makes sense for Halifax.

"No one wants to overbuild a stadium," he said. "These gentleman are perfectly aware of that and I think that we will come up with a stadium size that would be appropriate for the Maritimes."

If this group, along with levels of government, can come up with a workable stadium concept, Ambrosie said it's reasonable to believe Halifax could have a CFL team within two or three years.

Listen to Rick Howe's conversation with CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie:

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