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Councillor surveys residents on stadium ahead of next week's council meeting

Bedford - Wentworth Councillor Tim Outhit took to Facebook to ask his constituents what they think of a potential CFL-sized stadium
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With files from Meghan Groff

One Halifax councillor is asking his residents for their opinions on a possible stadium coming to our municipality.

Bedford - Wentworth Councillor Tim Outhit took to social media to survey his constituents about the idea.

Outhit believes next week council will be asked to give CAO Jacques Dubé permission to officially talk with the group looking to bring a CFL team to town.

The biggest roadblock in bringing a pro football team to Halifax is undoubtedly the lack of a facility to play in.

Outhit stressed in his Facebook post that there has been no official request yet.

"I'm looking at what I expect the ask to be, what has happened in other communities, certainly what we believe to be the size of the stadium that would be required to host CFL games," he explained in an interview with NEWS 95.7.

Outhit says Halifax would need a minimum 25,000 seat stadium, which he believes would cost at least $200 million. He believes it would not be built on the peninsula or in Bedford.

He thinks the group interested in bringing a team here will ask for 20 to 25 years of no property tax on the facility and possible surrounding development.

"I don't believe that just tax incentives -- be it tax incentives for the actual stadium, tax incentives for perhaps development of both commercial and residential around it -- will be sufficient to build a stadium of that size ... so my expectation is that there will also be an ask for capital investment to the provincial government and to HRM, and that could be anywhere from $50 to 150 million."

He says the group will likely request infrastructure from both levels of government in order to bring services and transportation to the development.

Although he supported an unsuccessful 2010 proposal to build a $60 million community sized stadium, Outhit isn't yet sold on a CFL stadium.

"I am waiting for a lot of information, but I think it's safe to say while I get the vision of the stadium, the team and I would probably attend some games and other events at the stadium, I would be very leery of putting too much upfront capital into it, in addition to taxation incentives."


Mark Hodgins

About the Author: Mark Hodgins

Mark Hodgins is an Ontario-born Haligonian. A graduate of the Loyalist College journalism program, he’s been with NEWS 95.7 since 2016. Mark is a lover of sports, politics and video games.
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