November 16, 2017 6:51 pm
Updated: November 17, 2017 9:57 am

CFL engaged in talks regarding expansion to Halifax

Edmonton Eskimos' Brandon Zylstra makes a catch as Montreal Alouettes' Greg Henderson defends during first half CFL football action in Montreal, Monday, October 9, 2017.

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The Canadian Football League (CFL) may be coming to the Maritimes.

In a statement released on Thursday, the organization confirmed that they’ve been in discussions with a group interested in establishing a franchise in Halifax, N.S.

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“These conversations are relatively new and a very thorough process of due diligence must be put in place and completed before we can fully assess the viability of the project,” the CFL wrote in its statement.

Mayor Mike Savage says that he has known about the ongoing discussions but said that at this time a football stadium isn’t a priority for the municipality.

“Any proposal would need to be private sector led and make economic sense for the municipality,” said Savage in a statement. “This is not a decision stage for our municipality yet, but this could be an exciting opportunity for the Halifax region.”

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If added, the team would be the league’s 10th franchise.

However, it wouldn’t be the first time that the CFL has played a game in the country’s Maritime provinces.

Pre-season games have been held in Saint John region in the 80s as well as Moncton in 2010, 2011 and 2013.

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