Nova Scotia

Halifax stadium talk draws crowd

More than 100 people turned out for the first session to discuss a new stadium for Halifax.

More than 100 people turned out for the first session to discuss a new stadium for Halifax.

Residents were divided into small groups to talk about their visions for a multi-purpose facility.

Lyn Wagner is hoping a new stadium will mean she won't have to drive south to see major musical acts.

"I'm for it because I don't want to keep driving to Foxboro, to Gillette [Stadium], to see Taylor Swift. It would be nice to be able to go across the harbour or to a venue close to see concerts," she said.

Wednesday's meeting at the Halifax Forum was the first of four public consultation sessions. It focused on the general vision for the facility.

A second meeting will be held Thursday at Farrell Hall in Dartmouth. It will focus on a possible location and design of the stadium.

Halifax needs a stadium if it wants to remain in the running as a host city for the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2015. Regional council must make a decision by December.

The stadium advisory committee is expected to present a preliminary cost and concept design to council next week.

More public consultation sessions are scheduled for Nov. 16 and Dec. 7.

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