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Langford CPL team a one touch pass away from being a done deal

Hydro pole won’t be moved before inaugural season
Westhills Stadium (Lindsey Horsting/News Gazette staff)

The finishing touches are being put on a deal to bring a professional soccer team to Langford.

Langford Mayor Stew Young met with B.C. Hydro last week and said it was a good meeting, but there is still nothing concrete to announce about the team yet.

But that didn’t dampen Young’s optimism about the future of the franchise.

“I’m so encouraged that this is going to happen unless there’s any unforeseen circumstances,” Young said.

He added B.C. Hydro is doing the leg work to figure out the exact cost of moving pole while the City of Langford is applying for federal and provincial funding.

Young noted the team would start the 2019 season with temporary seating on the City-owned right of way on one side of the pole. The other side would be an open area for fans.

For the inaugural season, he said they agreed they could increase seating to 5,500 seats and when the pole is moved increase seating to 8,000 or 9,000 seats. Officials from the Canadian Premier League spent time touring the Island and interviewing soccer players for a promotional video for the league.

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