Stadium Stalemate

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  • A gentleman heading up a Atlantic Universities association talked with Jordi Morgan about the cooperation between the city and the universities in Halifax. My view you know but I would add that the City’s own Stadium Committee cannot seem to identify a gift from North America Development who offered land in a RFP . The Committee identified a parcel of North America’s land other then the quarry site.
    Mr. Black I don’t hear a business case of innovative ways of generating revenue for this idea. A City in Brazil has a shopping mall in the spaces under the stands of their new stadium . About half the teams in the NFL sell seat rights for their stadiums which allows the reservation of a seat for season ticket holders. This idea started with NCAA colleges which would give that right to alumni making donations for scholarship accounts. A quid pro quo.
    The City had a huge cost cutting opportunity with the Skating Oval . A skating Oval footprint can easily have a football field on it in the summer. I know the technology to make this happen. You go from the spring summer and fall being football and other field events. Winter you have the skating oval and a year round use of a facility. Sapporo Japan’s 1972 winter olympics speed skating oval has 30,000 seats and has been used for soccer games. Kazakhstan has a similar venue with 15000 seats but they don’t make use of the venue in the summer. If this city had its act together it they would have made Requests for proposals for the skating oval location . Five million dollars for a slab of concrete that could have been the base for a stadium in the future .

    Paul Taylor | December 15, 2011 | Reply

  • I could not agree more with your comments. This is pie-in-the-sky. The “jocks” are talking CFL as a tenant. If a city the size of Ottawa cannot make it in the CFL, how can it happen in Nova Scotia.
    Keep up the inciteful analyses.

    Ron Gregor | December 7, 2011 | Reply

  • It would be interesting to know how much it costs the city of Moncton to maintain their stadium. And, let’s face it, in twenty years most facilities will need extensive refurbishment and upgrades. If the stadium is to be in the 2000 seat category, I would suggest that St. Mary’s might be a good location with a refurbishment of its present facility. I don’t think that you can project a once-a-year event like the CFL game in Moncton into a season of pro football as a way to estimate the expected attendance and “profits”. The chances of having a winning franchise in a small market like we have in the Maritimes are remote, and it is only winning franchises that seem to be financially successful here.

    Ron Gilkie | December 6, 2011 | Reply