NS: Premier says 'very early' to talk potential stadium for Halifax

Haley Ryan, Metro Halifax
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From a provincial point of view, Premier Stephen McNeil said they have to look at what infrastructure is needed and how a stadium could benefit Nova Scotia.

Mayor Mike Savage, right, welcomes then Liberal leader Stephen McNeil to address council in October.

[HALIFAX, NS] - It’s still too early for the province to weigh in on whether or not Halifax should have a stadium, Premier Stephen McNeil says, but he’s “more than willing” to have a conversation about the idea.

After a Chamber of Commerce event Tuesday, McNeil told reporters he hasn’t been engaged by anyone officially to talk about a stadium, or what role the province could play in bringing one to HRM.

“We’re more than willing and prepared to meet the mayor at any time,” McNeil said.

Mayor Savage has voiced his support for a stadium and possible Candian Football League team. He recently urged business leaders to step up and form partnerships with the city in order to make the stadium dream a reality, after CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon visited Halifax.

McNeil said the stadium has come up in talks with Savage, and noted the mayor is “very passionate” about the project.

From a provincial point of view, McNeil said they have to look at what infrastructure is needed and how a stadium could benefit Nova Scotia.

He said a formal plan should look into what the stadium would be used for, such as linking it together with university teams or other organizations besides just a CFL team.

“All those kinds of questions,” McNeil said. “It’s very early for us to determine that, but we’re more than happy to have a conversation.”

Organizations: Candian Football League, Chamber of Commerce

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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