The competition to name the Halifax proposed CFL team appears to be a "horse race" between Atlantic Sunners and Atlantic Storm, according to a businessman seeking a franchise for the largest Canadian city of Canada.
In an interview, Anthony LeBlanc of the Maritime Football Partnership would not say which name is handicapped, although many believe that Shippers will be announced on Friday at an event during the Golden Cup celebrations in Edmonton.
"I'm surprised I'm as close as it is," said LeBlanc from the competition.
Marine Marine introduced an initial list of four possible names this month: The Atlantic Admirals, Convoy, Storm, and Schooners.
Private Passengers already claimed
People who have set season ticket deposits have also had the chance to present their own team names, and at least two – Private and Destroyers – is extremely interesting, says LeBlanc.
He said that Privateers were a great favorite, although it can not be used in the long run.
"Unfortunately, it's [Privateers] already secured by a lacrosse team coming to the town, "he said.
The unique competition is part of driving season tickets launched two weeks ago.
LeBlanc said that his group had received more than 5,000 deposits to date, which is for $ 50 assistants on a priority list for season ticket membership and a first set of seats selection.
"When you are factors in the idea that we have not made any paid marketing so far there is quite an incredible number," said LeBlanc. "I met the CFL governors board last week and were surprised and happy with the results."
LeBlanc said that details outlining a wider campaign would also be announced during the Friday event.
He has previously said that it is important to have a "nice base" of season ticket holders to help complete a 24,000 seating stadium, and it's felt that 12,000 are a achievable goal.
On his behalf, the Canadian Football League has said he has no minimum season tickets he wants to see.
The efforts of the partnership to remove a team cleared a major barrier last month after the city staff referred by the Halifax Regional Council to make a business case analysis of the group's stadium proposal. The partners have offered empty land at Shannon Park on the eastern side of Halifax harbor as the stadium site, and saying that the project would need public money between $ 170 million and $ 190 million.
LeBlanc said his group had met last week with the chief administrative officer of the borough, Jacques Dubé, and other senior staff to "go over concepts and ideas."
The aim is to introduce a package to Dubé by the beginning or mid-December, so the proposed stadium funding model called the increase in tax financing can be analyzed.
Under the proposal, the Shannon Park development owners would pay property taxes on the estate, but that money would be ring-fenced by the borough and return as a payment against the debt of the stadium.
Other options are also being considered to help turn the general bill, including an increase in market lefi and hotel rates and new car rental rates.
"The biggest issue, and no-one has hiding from here, finds out the level of risk for each participant and what level of risk is there," said LeBlanc. "Everyone has always said the same thing – they want to see the numbers, so that's what we are working on."
Public consultations in 2019
Public consultation on the proposed stadium site will also be likely to start in January, in conjunction with current owners, Canada Lands Company.
LeBlanc said it is hoped that the results of the regional analysis will be available by the beginning of spring.
The announcement of the name of the Friday team in Edmonton with CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie has arranged jointly at the HFX Play bar in Halifax for 9 p.m. local time.
"I do not think it will be a controversial night," said LeBlanc. "Of course everyone has their views on what the team name will happen. I hope everyone will include and have fun."