Much of the recent talk around potential Atlantic expansion of the CFL has revolved around a franchise in Moncton, thanks to the success of the first Touchdown Atlantic game there and the plans for a second one this year. However, Halifax was originally the first option most talked about for Atlantic expansion, and the city came very close to actually landing a CFL team in the 1980s; the city was given a conditional franchise called the Atlantic Schooners (which many Atlantic fans still remember, like those carrying the Schooners banner at last year's Touchdown Atlantic game), but they weren't able to get a stadium built quickly enough and never played a down.
Even just a few years ago, there was still more discussion of Halifax's CFL potential than Moncton. That discussion quickly moved to the backburner when the Moncton series of games began, but it may gain new life thanks to Halifax's plans to build a new, large stadium that could potentially be used for the CFL. Those plansRead More »from Could Halifax stadium spark a battle of the Atlantic provinces?