WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- It's no doubt the idea of bringing a ballpark to the Port City is a hotly contested issue. There are passionate folks on both sides of the plate.
The group against a tax-funded stadium is preparing to turn their petitions in to Wilmington city leaders. They held one last rally at Empie Park Saturday to get more folks to sign. Co-organizer Josh Fulton said the process of collecting signatures has been grueling, rewarding and exhausting. He’s glad it's coming to an end.
"I think we are going to win,” Fulton said. “I think that the baseball stadium won't be funded with taxpayer dollars. I see some of the council wavering, which is a good thing. Based on the deal that they have, so that bodes well for us. I don't think we'll see a publicly-funded baseball stadium."
Fulton said they've got more than 3,000 signatures so far. The group plans to present them to city council either Tuesday or Wednesday.