Saturday’s much anticipated Touchdown Atlantic game saw a matchup between the Toronto Argonauts and the Saskatchewan Roughriders at the Huskies Stadium, Saint Mary’s University. The CFL fans in the Maritimes were treated to a game that showcased the popularity of Canadian football in the region.
Although the Roughriders fought back and managed to put points on the board in the third and fourth quarters, the Argos sealed their victory with a final score of 31-13.
One highlight of the game was kicker Brett Lauther’s performance for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. A native of Truro, N.S., and a former Saint Mary’s Huskies player, Lauther’s return to his hometown made the occasion extra special for him, despite the loss. The atmosphere in Huskies Stadium was electric, with over 11,000 fans passionately cheering for their favorite teams.
“It’s something that I’ve always dreamed of and I’m just thankful that it’s a reality now.”— Saskatchewan Roughriders (@sskroughriders) July 29, 2023
Nova Scotia’s native son is home for Touchdown Atlantic—and as Rob Vanstone tells us, it couldn’t be a better fit.
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What are your thoughts on Halifax potentially having its own CFL team? Did the success of Touchdown Atlantic change your opinion?
- Passionate Fanbase: The response from CFL fans in Halifax during the Touchdown Atlantic event highlights the potential for a dedicated fanbase that could support a local team.
- Economic Boost: The presence of a CFL team in Halifax could bring economic benefits to the city and the surrounding region.
- Community Identity: A CFL team in Halifax would foster a sense of community pride and identity, as residents rally around their local team, creating a stronger bond between the city and its residents.
- Small Market: Halifax is a relatively small market compared to some other Canadian cities that currently host CFL teams. The city’s population and potential revenue might not be as significant as in other CFL markets, which could affect the team’s financial sustainability.
- Competition from Other Sports: Halifax already has various sports teams and events, such as soccer and lacrosse. The presence of multiple sports options could affect the CFL’s potential fanbase and attendance.
- Logistical Challenges: Establishing a new CFL team would involve significant logistical challenges, including stadium infrastructure, team organization, and travel considerations for an Atlantic-based team in a predominantly central Canadian league.
How do you feel about a CFL team for Halifax after Touchdown Atlantic 2023?
- Yes, I think it's time we moved forward with a team (57%)
- No, I don't think this is a good idea for the city (37%)
- Other/Don't care (6%)
Thank you for voting!