|Based in||Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada|
|League||Canadian Football League|
|Head coach||John Huard|
|General manager||J. I. Albrecht|
|Owner(s)||Maritime Professional Football Club Ltd. (Included John Donoval, J. I. Albrecht, and R. B. Cameron) |
|Colours||Black, silver, gold, white and blue
On May 13, 1982, Maritime Professional Football Club Ltd. was granted a conditional expansion franchise. The team was to pay a $1.5 million expansion fee and could begin play in 1984 if a suitable stadium were built in time for the league opener. The team name was selected based on a study followed by a name-the-team contest in which "schooner" was the winning selection. The logo was a stylized "A" in the shape of a schooner that rode on four waves, each representing the four Atlantic provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland.
The Schooners proposed home was a 30,000-seat stadium located on leased land in the city of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, said to be built at a cost of $6 million. The owners purchased a scoreboard from the New England Patriots for use in their new stadium.
The Schooners were unable to meet the deadlines set by the league, including the deadline for a financing plan for the new stadium. On June 16, 1983, Maritime Professional Football Club Ltd. withdrew their application for a franchise.
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- Football fans remain loyal to Atlantic Schooners
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