Moncton, Halifax urged to team up on CFL bid
Moncton must reach out to Halifax if it wants to land a Canadian Football League franchise, according to an ex-player.
Jan Carinci, a member of the organizing committee that brought a regular season game to Moncton for the past two years, said it's time the two cities start working together if either wants to make a successful pitch to the CFL for a Maritime franchise.
"I get it, OK, there's a little bit of a rivalry between the two towns. But if the CFL comes here, it will be on a regional basis," Carinci said.
"It won't be just Moncton. It won't be just Halifax. It has to have broad-base support."
Carinci, who split time between the Toronto Argonauts and the B.C. Lions in his 10-year CFL career between 1981 and 1990, said he would like to see Moncton serve as the home base for a Maritime football team.
However, he said one game could be played in Halifax every season and training camp could be held on Prince Edward Island.
"It's all to try and broaden that ticket base so that you've got people interested that are going to drive two and a half hours, like they do in Saskatchewan," he said.
No one from the Halifax Regional Municipality was available to comment.
The Nova Scotia city is in the midst of studying the viability of a new stadium that would seat 15,000 people.
The University of Moncton stadium holds approximately 21,000 fans, when temporary seating is added.
Moncton’s first regular season CFL game in 2010 sold out in roughly 30 hours. However, the weekend game held between the Hamilton Tiger Cats and Calgary Stampeders had about 800 seats empty.
The CFL has not committed to returning for a third season in Moncton.
Moncton and Halifax have had a recent rivalry surrounding the hosting of football games.
Moncton was picked to be the host city for the Uteck Bowl, which is the national university semifinal game, in 2011, 2013 and 2015.