Oct. 15, 2009
MONCTON (CNB) - The federal and provincial governments are contributing a total of $1.5 million toward hosting a September 2010 regular season Canadian Football League (CFL) game in Moncton.
Premier Shawn Graham, and Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway Peter MacKay, made the announcement today in Moncton. CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon; Bob Nicholson, president of the Toronto Argonauts; and Moncton Mayor George LeBlanc also took part in the announcement.
"With the CFL coming to New Brunswick, this is another opportunity to highlight Moncton and our province to the rest of Canada," said Graham. "The weekend football event will not only help expand the CFL's national footprint, it helps solidify Moncton's reputation as a leading entertainment hub, and contributes to New Brunswick's journey toward self-sufficiency."
The Toronto Argonauts will be the home team for the game, which will be played at the new Université de Moncton stadium. The stadium is set to be completed to host the 2010 IAAF World Junior Championships in Athletics, which will take place from July 19-24, 2010.
"The federal government's investment, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, of $800,000 will raise awareness of Moncton's and Atlantic Canada's capacity to host major national and international sporting events, while generating additional economic activity in the region," said MacKay. "It is through initiatives such as this, and the work of Canada's Economic Action Plan, that we are contributing to the development of strong viable communities that are at the heart of long-term economic competitiveness in our region."
"I would like to thank all levels of government for helping the CFL fulfil our vision of bringing a regular season game to Moncton and Atlantic Canada," said Cohon. "This event will be an exciting celebration of football that will profile Atlantic Canada, while bringing our league to the many fans we have in this region."
"The CFL in Moncton will be yet another example of our city's ability to attract major events, sporting or otherwise, to the region," said LeBlanc. "By working with other levels of government, as well as key partners, Moncton has been able to make its mark on the national and international stage. We will continue to work hard to ensure that Moncton continues to shine. The September weekend will allow some of Moncton's young stars to experience football on a professional level, and we are grateful to the CFL for providing this opportunity in our region."
The Province of New Brunswick is providing $700,000 toward marketing and venue infrastructure costs.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Bruce Macfarlane, Regional Development Corporation, 506-444-4606; Dan Dugas, director of communications, Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, 613-996-3100; Paul C.J. LeBlanc, communications, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, 506-452-3310.