CFL names potential exhibition sites

While the Canadian Football League may one day set up shop in Halifax, it appears open to other locales.

Commissioner Tom Wright on Friday said the league is considering holding a pre-season game next summer in one of three cities – Quebec City, Moncton, N.B., and Halifax.

All three are considered possible destinations when the CFL decides to add a 10th franchise, which could happen by the end of 2010.

Problem is, none of the three cities has a viable stadium. A 25,000-seat facility seems to be the minimum requirement.

On June 11, Toronto and Hamilton staged a pre-season game at Huskies Stadium in Halifax before an enthusiastic crowd of more than 11,000 that ended in a 16-16 deadlock.

The game, dubbed "Touchdown Atlantic," was part of the CFL testing possibility of expanding into the Maritimes.

When the Halifax event was announced last November, Wright said the game would help the league determine whether there's enough fan interest to warrant the league expanding into the region.

The CFL last expanded three years ago when the league returned to Ottawa following a five-year absence.

with files from Canadian Press