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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As the debate continues over whether to build a minor league baseball stadium in Wilmington, other cities tackle similar decisions. El Paso, TX, is the latest to decide to make the investment.

According to the El Paso Times, El Paso City Council voted today to spend $50 million on a downtown ballpark that would help bring a team from the AAA Pacific Coast League to the west Texas border town.

According to the newspaper, the 7,000-9,000-seat stadium would be financed with a two-cent increase in the city’s hotel occupancy tax. Voters will vote on the tax hike in November. The Hotel Motel Association opposes the increase.

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  • Love baseball. Grew up with it. Played it. Watched it. Have attended major, minor & little league games since I was 6 (40 years+). If city government wants to SPECULATE with taxes, bet on infrastructure like roads, wastewater, or other real world necessities. DO NOT bet on baseball. Cities around the country can testify to this (see the homepage). For goodness sake, if the Braves or Mandalay thought this was a slam dunk, they wouldn’t even whisper in our direction about funding (they’d never want us to know how ‘lucrative’ this scheme could possibly be). Fact is, they’ve got a whopper on the hook and they want to land it. Should the Braves & Mandalay (& private investors) finance the deal and leave taxpayers out of it, I’ll buy season tickets! I am not an anti-tax zealot – taxes serve a purpose in our community and this IS NOT one of them. City staff needs to snap out of it and perk up. It’s 2012 folks. Please.

  • Vog46

    Port City Roosters

    1995 attendance of 110,233 or 1574/game
    1996 attendance of 68,463 or 978/game

    In a 3000 seat stadium that was already in existence
    AA ball (Mariners) back then, versus single A ball (Atlanta) now

    Its no wonder Atlanta wants us to fund the stadium….
    Council needs to vote AGAINST this and end this insanity, unless its totally funded by Atlanta and private investors.

    Best Regards
    Vog

  • Guest Reply

    Ah Yes…good ole El Paso.
    I’m still waiting to hear what their city (El Paso) is doing about the old Miller house tree stump that has caused some flat tires with travelers in town. The roots are cracking through the street payment at Cowboy Street and Rodeo Rd.
    I wonder what would happen in Wilmington if a “REAL” problem like that came along??
    HA!!!!!!

  • Guest757

    So, what if El Paso,TX is building a baseball park… This is Wilmington NC and we don’t care what they do…

    NO ballpark on the tax payers back..

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