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Wilmington looks to Hall of Famer Ripken to lead ballpark project

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- It looks like Wilmington City Council knows who it wants to lead its ballpark plan. The agenda for Tuesday night's City Council meeting includes two ordinances to hire and pay Ripken Design of Baltimore, MD.

One ordinance would award Ripken Design, which is owned and operated by Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. and his brother Bill, a contract for "Baseball Project Management Services." The other would move $55,000 to to the city's Capital Project Fund to pay for the company.

According to Ripken Design's website, the company provides expertise including feasibility studies, ballpark design and facility management.

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Ball Park

Here is the city already spending money on the Ball Park. Can the people that live in the City have a voice and a vote? Wait, I think I just heard Saffo yell out "NO".. Wait I also heard him say" It isn't what the people want, it is what my friends want and they come first".

Isn't this

putting the cart before the horse?

Don't you need a contract to place a team, financing for the new ballpark, permits for the ballpark construction?

Probably other things, but the point is one would think this contract would be a latter piece of the puzzle.

And what would the role be? Ballpark Design?

Due Diligence

Tom its called due diligence. We are now entering the research and development phase. The city isn't prepared to development a true market analysis, the city can't estimate the most effective location, the city has no engineers in stadium design. The city has no professional sports marketing experience. The city must contract a rep. that will protect the cities interest and work in a knowledgeable fashion with not only the city but with Mandalay and The Braves. Ripken will provide experienced, professional recommendations that will move the due diligence process forward.
To do this right you must pay to play!!! Your let's just go get a couple of tractors and scrape off a cotton field, put up few bleachers mentality doesn't apply in this situation. I fear the magnitude and scope of this project along with the potential for economic development is far beyond many in the community.

Mike

you've already shown it's beyond your comprehension. And apparently some others have raised similar questions.

And it looks like it may not go their way.

I don't know where you get the impression I felt this could be done with a couple of tractors.

You showed your knowledge of economics and business math was not something you focused on in school.