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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Members of Wilmington City Council have unanswered questions after Mandalay Baseball’s proposal last night. Some want more private dollars involved. Even so, they believe a ballpark would be a big boost to Wilmington’s economy.

“It’s not about a bunch of guys dressing up and playing a game on a field, this is about economic development,” said Wilmington City Councilwoman, Margaret Haynes.

That’s why city council says it is doing its due diligence when it comes to building a ballpark. Tuesday night, Mandalay Baseball said the expected cost for a stadium is $33 to $36 million. Flywheel-Trask, the private investors, will contribute $10.5 million toward that cost. Some council members hope that number goes up.

“This has to be done in a very responsible, orderly fashion and that’s why we have National Sports to meet our fiduciary responsibility to the citizens,” Haynes said.

Council members still have many questions when it comes to Mandalay’s proposal, including where’s the ballpark going to go? Mayor Pro-tem Earl Sheridan says he would still like to see it in the proposed site downtown.

“Of course I’m willing to look at other things but I’m hopeful that some sort of site that’s in the downtown area will be one that is chosen and can work for this thing,” Sheridan said.

City council members say they did not ask questions following the presentation because they are going to wait for its consultant, NSS, to analyze it first.

They say this is just the beginning of a process they hope will bring minor league baseball to the Port City.

“Theres been a lot of excitement since we’ve been talking about this thing so yeah, I do see it building,” said Sheridan. “I’m just hoping that we can get some more specifics.”

City council members say no final decision has been made on funding.
the city manager and project manager will review the preliminary proposal before they further discuss deal terms.

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Guest BOB BATSON
2016 years 2 months ago

IT’S ESIMATED THAT 70% OF PEOPLE IN WILMINGTON ARE AGAINST THE STADIUM BEING BUILT, BUT JUST LIKE THE CURRENT WHITE HOUSE POLITICS, IT WILL BE BUILT, ALL BEHIND CLOSED DOORS AND WITHOUT CITIZEN INPUT.

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BOB BATSON
2016 years 2 months ago

THIS STADIUM IS NUTS, WILMINGTON’S TRAFFIC AND INTRASTRUCTURE HAS BEEN SO POORLY PLANNED OVER THE YEARS IT TAKES 45 MIN. TO DRIVE DOWN COLLEGE RD. TO SNOW’S CUT. TAKE THE MONEY AND BUILD OVERPASSES ON OUR MAIN ROAD WAYS. ANYWAY THE STADIUM IDEA IS A COUPLE OF PEOPLE’S IDEA TO MAKE A LEGACY FOR THEMSELVES, AND I BET THE OVERWHELMING
MAJORITY WHO DOESN’T WANT IT, LOSES.

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Hopeful
2016 years 2 months ago

Before y’all take a giant dump on this idea. Look at what Mandalay Baseball has done in other markets. Look at Frisco TX, Dayton OH, and Oklahoma City. You have no idea what you are attempting to shoot down.

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ChefnSurf
2016 years 2 months ago

After all this time, Council members are still so unaware of what’s going on that not one of them could come up with a question? They have to wait for Mandalay’s hand-picked “consultant” to tell them what to ask about first? They couldn’t have asked some questions, then talked with their “consultant” and then asked more questions at a later date?

Either this City Council is in way over its head or they’re going out of their way to keep as much information as possible away from the general public until after they’ve done the deal.

Something’s really wrong here.

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Cautious
2016 years 2 months ago

Wilmington citizens have a responsibility/opportunity to look at the costs to build this stadium and determine if it makes sense for their community. Make no mistake, there will be a substantial cost to the taxpayer while the big guys make money. You will be asked to believe that the tourist exposure will be to your benefit. Will it be enough to offset the price you’re paying to not only build but maintain it?

As a Morehead City resident, we did not get the opportunity to have any input into the building of a similar but smaller facility here. Our city… Read more »

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