WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– Despite it being election night, Wilmington City Hall was full for a public meeting about bringing baseball to the Port City. With questions swirling over stadium sites and funding, not all people are singing take me out to the ball game.
“Most of the people would be tickled to death to have a stadium here as long as its privately enterprised,” said RJ Davis, a Wilmington resident.
National Sports Services, who is doing the consulting for the City of Wilmington when it comes to this project, gave the public general information about baseball stadiums.
Many residents gave the service a piece of their mind as well. It all came back to one main issue: how will the city pay for a stadium? Although the city does not have that answer yet, some people on hand were in favor of the ballpark even if it is taxpayer funded.
“I can’t imagine that it will have an extreme impact on the individual taxpayer as some of the people have been reporting,” said Matthew Onley, another Wilmington resident. “I feel like the benefits would outweigh the cost.”
National Sports Services says it is noticing a trend when it comes to funding for similar projects.
“The norm now, we’re seeing, is a public private type of venture to where both parties are participating in the process to try and make it happen,” said Matt Perry of the National Sports Service.
The next step for the city is on May 15, when Mandalay Baseball is expected to deliver a proposal for the staff to review.
The city will also hold another public meeting tomorrow night to accommodate those who were unable to make it tonight.