Halifax group expects proposal from CFL on stadium ‘in the next week or two’

Regina businessman Garry Drummond, part of the group working to bring a CFL team to the Maritimes, says there is a logical order of progression for a Halifax-based team.

“The first thing we need to do is secure a conditional franchise from the CFL, which would be conditional upon us being the catalyst for a new stadium in the Atlantic region,” Drummond told Rod Pedersen on 620 CKRM’s SportsCage Tuesday.

Regarding a CFL facility on the east coast.

“We actually expect to have a proposal from the league in the next week or two. From our side, we’re hopeful that what the league comes up with is something we can accept and move onto the bigger challenge of putting a proposal to the three levels of government, the province, the city and the federal government regarding the financing of a new stadium.”

Commissioner Randy Ambrosie says the league is in “lockstep” with the bid group, and is working with them to advance business plans.

However, Ambrosie notes that the “big hurdle” is getting a stadium commitment in place and the league doesn’t want to get ahead of itself until that issue is resolved.

-with files from CP