Pro soccer pitch pitched for halifax wanderers grounds _ the chronicle herald

The president and founder of Halifax-based Sports & Entertainment Atlantic is proposing a modular “pop-up” stadium for the ​Wanderers Grounds that would be in the 5,000-8,000 seat range.

“The advantage of modular stadium contraction is that we can assess ticket interest before committing to a number so we can ‘right-size’ the venue to ensure the fan experience is optimized,” Martin said.

​“In our experience hosting international and national events, and in watching the success of the Mooseheads, we believe a target crowd size of under 10,000 is optimal and sustainable for Halifax’s population size,” he said.

​“Halifax is a growing city. Football scores for tonight We are accumulating an amazing mix of public assets from the new central library to the new discovery centre to the Nova Centre, while urban density is increasing due to the boom in construction of ​residential dwellings in the downtown,” he said.

“We feel a professional soccer team playing out of a unique, historic downtown venue will give the city the outdoor sports and entertainment asset it is currently missing,” he said.

The stadium concept represents an exciting opportunity for the city to add a key public asset in both a downtown, outdoor stadium and a new professional sports team, Martin said.

“Soccer is the global game, and hosting games will provide Halifax with a welcoming and familiar environment for new residents and while also helping to entice the thousands of international students coming every year to our universities to perhaps stay,” he said.

In terms of accomplishing Nova Scotia’s goals of attracting immigrants, retaining youth and supporting a vibrant downtown, pro soccer can play a vital role, he said.

Centrally located on the peninsula, and just blocks away from the Argyle entertainment district and Spring Garden Road, the Wanderers Grounds are across the street from the Public Gardens and Citadel Hill.

“In the past, the pursuit of a large stadium has been done in the absence of a viable, confirmed, tenant.​ Once we have proven that a pro soccer team is viable in this market then we would give the city and the province a tenant to negotiate with if they wish to pursue the larger stadium concept. Garden design online This is a simple but critically important distinction,” he said.

“It is one of the most encouraging developments in this process as that group of people have now formed a community around simply the ‘idea’ of a team. Garden of words trailer It is one of the elements of soccer that is very intriguing as there is a level of fan passion for soccer that is not as common in other North American sports,” he said.

With a summer season from April to October, soccer could fill a gaping hole in the sports and entertainment calendar — and a modular stadium could attract additional international and national field events, he said.

“This is a transformational time for Halifax in many ways and we think a downtown, outdoor sports and entertainment venue at the Wanderers Grounds and a pro soccer team can be positive forces in that transformation,” Martin said.

He hopes to have some announcements to make in the spring; informal discussions are underway at the Halifax Regional Municipality, and a formal proposal is forthcoming, he said.

“We have had preliminary discussions with HRM and they have been supportive and interested in the potential of the project, as they recognize the economic impact and community engagement opportunities this project would provide to the city,” Martin said.

“This is what we do. Fencing We are the region’s only professional sports and entertainment company,” he said, citing recent productions such as the CIS University Cup Men’s Hockey Championship, which set a new national attendance record of 43,513 fans in 2016; the FIVB World Junior Beach Volleyball Championships (2011 and 2012, with 10,000 fans at each event in a temporary 2,000-person modular stadium on the Halifax waterfront); an International Men’s Rugby game “Battle for New Scotland” in 2015 (a sold-out 5,000 person event); and the upcoming 2017 CIS Men’s Basketball Final 8 tourney.