Decision coming on Halifax CFL stadium by July 1

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Halifax football fans should know by Canada Day whether their city will get a CFL team.

One of the principle owners of the proposed franchise, Anthony LeBlanc, told the Chronicle Herald that he expects the Halifax Regional Council to consider their proposal to build a new stadium in late spring, and that the group will finalize its plan shortly after.

“Everybody agrees that we have to figure out if this is a go or a no-go by the midpoint of this year,” he said.

LeBlanc and his partners have been negotiating the purchase of a plot of land that they hope will serve as the home of a 24,000-seat stadium for the franchise — the Atlantic Schooners.

The cost of the facility was first estimated between $170 million and $190 million, but the group has revised that amount to $130 million.

The Schooners are expected to start playing in Moncton in 2020, while the new stadium is being built in Halifax.