CFL issues statement following Halifax city council vote

HALIFAX — The Canadian Football League released a statement on behalf of commissioner Randy Ambrosie Tuesday following a vote held in Halifax regarding proposed funding for a new stadium.

“Today’s vote in Halifax is a giant step forward for the plan for a new stadium there and, ultimately, the launch of a new CFL franchise in Atlantic Canada. Councillors for the Halifax Regional Municipality have essentially approved the municipal portion of the needed financing. There is more work ahead, of course, for the Schooners Sports and Entertainment group and the stadium project. But today represents an important milestone for everyone who shares the dream of a truly coast-to-coast CFL.”

Halifax council voted to accept a staff recommendation of a one-time contribution toward the building of a new stadium pending new location is found.  The votes tallied at 10 to 7 in favour.