By Haley Ryan - Metro Halifax
HALIFAX - A new poll suggests the people of Halifax want a professional football team, and a local university coach says the city could ‚Äúdefinitely‚ÄĚ bring a Maritime party to the Canadian Football League.
On Wednesday, Corporate Research Associates released a survey showing the majority of people in Halifax, Bedford, Dartmouth and other areas of HRM ‚Äď 65 per cent in fact ‚Äď would support a CFL team.
Another 21 per cent were opposed, and 14 per cent were unsure.
‚ÄúI personally love the idea,‚ÄĚ said Saint Mary‚Äôs Huskies football coach Perry Marchese.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a sports town ‚Ä¶ and a good indication is the Mooseheads and the success they‚Äôre having.‚ÄĚ
Marchese, who has helped coach the Toronto Argonauts and Hamilton Tiger-Cats, said he saw the city‚Äôs appetite for football when Halifax hosted the Touchdown Atlantic pre-season game between Hamilton and Toronto in 2005.
‚ÄúThe support then was good and I believe it would be good now,‚ÄĚ he said.
Marchese said the ‚Äúfirst hurdle‚ÄĚ for Halifax is getting a proper stadium, which Mayor Mike Savage said last month he wants to look into.
If Halifax decides to make a real bid for a CFL team, Marchese said Nova Scotia has an advantage because we‚Äôre very good at making things ‚Äúan event.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúWe can make things a party ‚Ä¶ the NFL is built around tailgate parties and merchandising, and we can do that here.‚ÄĚ
A total of 405 people were surveyed in the poll, which carries a margin of error of 4.9 percentage points.