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Atlanta Braves and Mandalay reps in town for tonight's city council meeting to talk new stadium


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Former Atlanta Braves Manager Bobby Cox, as well as Atlanta Braves General Manager Frank Wren and Mandalay Baseball CEO Art Matin are in town to attend tonight's Wilmington City Council meeting.

The council is exploring building a new baseball stadium, more than likely downtown, to host a single-A Braves minor league team. That team reportedly will move here from Lynchburg, VA if the stadium get the green-light.

Cox retired in 2010 after serving for 25 years as manager for the Atlanta Braves.

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo says he'll explore all options to build the stadium, including raising property taxes.

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Look up I-40

Go to Pender or Duplin Counties. Easy interstate access. Plenty of room for parking. Cheap labor to work at the ballpark. Real Cheap land compared to that plot on the river they seem so enamoured to build on.


Looks like the big dogs are in town. Makes me think they really want Wilmington when the top brass shows up for the first meeting. If Wilmington can play it's cards right we might get a good deal. Maybe all the nay sayers ought to stay home for this one and let this play outfor a while. Don't let the red neck out quite yet!!

I'm willing to let this play out ...

... right up to the point where someone trys to reach into my pocket. Baseball would be great to have in Wilmington providing that the baseball business pays its own way just like other for-profit enterprises. To mis-quote a quote: "If they build it, let them pay for it".

If they really want

If they really want Wilmington then let them fund the stadium.

Maybe Saffo...

will get his autograph to remember him by. Tell Bobby to put up his own money...not mine! If baseball was such a great "investment", private funds would be clamoring all over themselves to do it. Otherwise, this is just another white the convention center.

It would be a Great

It would be a Great attraction to have.
But I do not feel our Taxes need to pay for this venture.
Let whom ever is presenting this bring their money.

Our money needs to go towards BETTER SCHOOLS AND BETTER EDUCATION!!!!


Isn't that what the lottery is supposed to do? Go towards better schools and better education? Gasp....don't tell me it's not being used for that!!!

No way

Next thing you know we'll find out the gas tax isn't being used for road maintenance.

Highest tax on petroleum in the South East

United States and we still have pot holes, rough pavement and backlog for repairs. The roads should be the best based on the tax collected to maintain the infrastructure. So where the money really going?