Halifax regional council did its part this week to make hosting the 2020 world women’s hockey championship a reality for the province.
Council voted unanimously to have the municipality commit $300,000 to support the bid.
Council’s contribution is contingent on Nova Scotia being awarded the tournament and on the event securing $250,000 in funding from the province and $100,000 in funding from the Town of Truro with the Municipality of Colchester.
Canada will host the 2020 tournament and Hockey Nova Scotia submitted its bid to host to Hockey Canada earlier this month.
The seven-day tournament would run in late March to early April, with Scotiabank Centre in Halifax and the Rath Eastlink Community Centre in Truro sharing games.
The event would consist of eight teams playing a total of 31 games in a round-robin format. Round-robin results from the two four-team groups would lead to crossover playoff games. Team Canada would be part of the group playing at the Scotiabank Centre. Tickets would cost $25 per game.
The municipality hosted the 2004 women’s world event at the Scotiabank Centre and the Dartmouth Sportsplex.
The overall attendance for that event was 94,001, breaking the then attendance mark of 66,783 set in Kitchener, Ont., in 1997, according to the staff report. Canada beat the United States 2-0 in the championship game.
Let’s do this again Halifax!