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FIRST ON 3: Atlanta Braves and Mandalay Baseball Properties to hold press conference on ballpark

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The Atlanta Braves and Mandalay Baseball Properties plan to make an announcement regarding plans for a baseball stadium in Wilmington.

According to a news release from the organizations, the news conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday on the lawn of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce.

Representatives from the Atlanta Braves, Mandalay Baseball and business representatives involved in the project will speak.

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tax funded playpens

It is called tax funded playpens for billionaires. They do not have to pay when they can convince the government to force local tax payers toooooo! The tax payer takes all the RISK, and pays whether the venture is successful or not. The billionaires reap the REWARD if the venture is successful, and step away free and clear if it is not. This is an example of corporate welfare at it's finest. I am 100% against any tax dollars being used for this project. I am 100% for this project if private money funds it without any incentives or tax breaks. If it is such a great project, let private investors fund it, and join the tax base to benefit the entire community.

Get a long term committment.

If they build a ballpark to draw a team from the Braves here in Wilmington, then they'd better cover their tracks by signing an agreement where the Braves promise to keep a team here for 25 years.

Look to Madison, WI. In 1982 they built a stadium on the promise of the Oakland A's to bring a Class A team there called the Madison Muskies. The A's kept the team there for just 11 years and moved them to Michigan. Madison (whose population was 200K) was left scrambling to find a new organization and convinced St. Louis to bring a team in 1994. They stayed for just one season and in 1995, the stadium sat empty. They haven't been able to bring in a MLB farm team since. From 1996, they've had independent teams not affiliated with the MLB, but they don't draw nearly the same interest... nor the revenue.

The Atlanta Braves are leaving VA for a reason. What's in place to guarantee they don't walk out on Wilmington in a few years? If you build it they will come... but if you don't get a commitment in writing, they will go too!

The Baseball File

It has already been explained how and why the Braves are contemplating the move to Wilmington. The length of the lease has been revealed also.

Baseball

Man I hope we get a baseball team .... there, I said it!!! As a middle class tax payer, it would be nice to actually have something I could enjoy coming from my tax dollars!

Parks, beach, riverfront??????

Have you ever been to a park or the riverfront? Have you ever been to the beach? Your tax dollars helped pay for that sand. At least those are free to use. You are going to pay to build the ballpark and then be charged admission to enjoy it.

Make it Happen

I am a taxpaying resident who is anxiously awaiting the day I can bring my son, nieces and nephews to downtown Wilmington and take in a Minor League game at a beautiful riverfront stadium. I am a taxpayer and I am not opposed to having some of my taxes (even if it is a slight increase) used to fund this wonderful plan. Bring baseball to Wilmington. Check out www.portcitybaseball.com for the FACTS.

Wilmington baseball

I love baseball and I used to attend minor league games where I grew up.
The problem is that where I lived you could draw on bigger cities nearby to give you attendees to games.
Here in Wilmington we have 98,000 people many of whom are too young too old or don't care about baseball. So where's the nearby city to draw attendees from? Leland? Belville?

Please, Mr Mayor and Manager Cheatham - extract concessions from the Braves organization to help pay for this. If we pay for it in it's entirety, Wilmington will lose as the Braves cannot draw enough to this stadium in this city to make it worth while to them to keep it here.
It is not worth the risk we are trying to under take.

Best Regards
Vog

Wow The 'coalition' was

Wow The 'coalition' was formed today and already announcing a press conference. Here we go Wilmington. Say, can the opposition speak at this little event? Nope, I doubt it. We are just going to get this mess shoved down our throats. What a bunch of arrogant, underhanded, self centered people you are.

No doubt this whole project

No doubt this whole project was a done deal before it was ever announced to the public.