Moncton mayor Daybreak Arnold mentioned her metropolis is all-in on an initiative to safe a Canadian Soccer League franchise in Atlantic Canada.
She huddled with CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie and Maritime Soccer Ltd. lead investor Anthony LeBlanc for an hour on Wednesday and got here away filled with hope for Moncton’s participation within the course of that proponents hope will ship a 10th CFL workforce to Halifax within the close to future.
“I believe their takeaway was that Moncton is getting into an entire new period so far as a metropolis, its capabilities and what’s potential right here,” Arnold mentioned. “They liked our stadium. They had been tossing round concepts and prospects — if we had been probably to have the league right here for a few years earlier than Halifax is prepared, probably have some pre-season video games, probably have a coaching (camp) right here. Every part is on the desk.”
Seating at Moncton Stadium will be expanded to virtually 21,000 and the venue has hosted three CFL regular-season video games. Two had been sellouts, the third attracted simply 15,123 to observe Hamilton and Montreal.
“We have to have one thing out right here,” Arnold mentioned. “No matter it’s and nevertheless it seems will probably be a full Atlantic Canadian initiative. In order that’s the place we’re at. We’ll all have to purchase in indirectly, wherever it in the end finally ends up. We may definitely do it right here. I believe all the things is on the desk however I believe Halifax has definitely been working at this so much longer than we have now,” mentioned Arnold
Maritime Soccer Ltd. has been working to safe a stadium website in Halifax, and an financial influence evaluation of a workforce in that metropolis has begun.
Ambrosie and LeBlanc toured each Moncton Stadium and a $104-million downtown sports activities and leisure centre that opens formally on Sept. eight and shall be residence to the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Main Junior Hockey League.
“They had been extremely impressed with that,” mentioned Arnold. “It provides them a imaginative and prescient of what’s potential right here in our metropolis.”
Ambrosie mentioned he believes an Atlantic franchise has to contemplate constructing a soccer district.
“You construct a stadium and also you construct a growth across the stadium as a result of persons are not simply going into video games,” Ambrosie mentioned not too long ago.
“The calculus of their use of their time will not be a transport me to a sport after which residence from a sport. It’s take me for lunch and possibly some purchasing after which I’ll go to a sport after which after I’ll go for a drink or dessert after which I’ll go residence.”
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