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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The City of Wilmington is one step closer to building a ballpark and bringing a minor league team to the Port City. The city’s consultant, National Sports Services, presented results from a recent survey about the ballpark Tuesday night, as well as some possible sites.

About one thousand people took the survey, that was available on the city’s website and sent to those in the Chamber of Commerce email database, and Convention & Visitors Bureau email databases. 69 percent of those who took the survey were residents of Wilmington. 95 percent lived in New Hanover County.

According to the survey results, 47 percent supported a public-private partnership in funding the stadium while 40 percent did not. When asked how much they would be willing to contribute as taxpayers, 46 percent said nothing, 18 percent said up to $2/month, 16 percent said from $2-$4/month and 19 percent said $4-$6/month. 67 percent agreed a ballpark would enhance quality of life, while 25 percent disagreed; 9 percent were undecided.

Though the group admitted this is just the start of a long process, some were not happy with the survey. Several spoke out against the survey results, saying they were inaccurate and not scientific.

“The sample is completely skewed,” said Ben McCoy, who has helped organize a petition against a taxpayer-funded ballpark. “I don’t know how you can really point to these results. It really shakes up to be a cheerleading thing, like go minor league baseball in Wilmington.”

Also at the meeting, potential sites were narrowed down from six to three. They include the greater downtown area, the MLK Parkway corridor and the Eastwood Rd. corridor. NSS says the sites will be narrowed down again after honing in on more specific details.

The city and NSS say they have a long way to go before a final decision.

“Part of what’s going to happen in this last phase is looking at all the information that we have in try to tell a story,” said Matt Perry, who serves as president of NSS.

“It’s a first look at it and its just another step in the process. This process is nowhere near finished,” said Margaret Haynes, a Wilmington City Councilwoman.

After a few more weeks of gathering data and making assessments, National Sports Services will give another report to city council on June 15th.

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Guest CommonTater
2015 years 10 months ago

I too would just simply like to have my voice heard via my vote. I am against any taxpayer money being used but I will live with the decision of “the people” not what the vision of the empty seats on the council want everyone to think they “need”. THAT’s how it should work folks…..

Guest CommonTater
2015 years 10 months ago

someone doesn’t agree with your vision doesn’t make them “closed minded losers, small thinkers and dooms day advocates”. How small minded and ignorant of you… are you a current council member by chance?

Between you and dookie you are the best thing going for the opponents…

2015 years 10 months ago

Your argument in favor of a taxpayer-funded stadium by using numbers gathered from other cities much larger than Wilmington reminds me of this segment from the Jon Stewart Show:


2015 years 10 months ago

Just think how much of this could have been avoided if the majority of Wilmington voters had refrained from re-electing these idiots.

2015 years 10 months ago

how many times does it have to be said that comparing Durham and Wilmington is like comparing a watermelon to an apple?

The area in Durham, to which you so fervently refer, was an area of boarded up tobacco warehouses and manufacturing sites.

Had the stadium not been built, none of those items you refer to would have materialized.

Private investors, note the word private, came in as the repacement stadium, note replacement, was built and began to rehab or replace the run down properties.

That’s a big difference from what will happen in Wilmington. Are you trying to say that the area surrounding PPD is run down and needs a massive injection of renovation capital?

Why don’t you try to build support for the stadium by using realistic comparisons and realistic numbers? Pie in the sky projections will continue to doom the stadium’s future.

How can you say no one is making revenue projections? Go read the consultant’s prelimiary report. It’s pretty specific as to projected attendance. That will feed concession sales and parking revenue.

And your buddy Devil has been pretty blatant with pie in the sky numbers which even the most liberal thinkers, who would like a stadium, agree are unrealisitic.

Keep up the good work.


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