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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — In an exclusive live interview, Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo talked with WWAY about the latest developments in the discussions on a ballpark for the Port City. Among the topics he discussed were the bond referendum City Council is considering to pay for the ballpark, citizen feedback and input on the plan and the rejection of a petition with thousands of signatures opposing taxpayer funding for the project.

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2015 years 10 months ago

A few weeks back you were supporting a 15 million dollar number as an acceptable amount for the city and you felt the citizens would support.
Now your at zero. Did you forget what you said. That’s ok, you have only written a million words on the subject. Why would anyone expect you to remember it all?
Best Regards

2015 years 10 months ago

No we are all balanced,be a “naysayer” and that is fine,see you in line April 2014 for game 1.

Rocky Lane Moore
2015 years 10 months ago

It would be nice to go to a large stadium, and sing, “take me out to the ball game,” drink some miller 64, and spend time with friends watching a riveting game. Build it and they will come, don’t build it and they will not come. Maybe Michael Jordon could help you guys out. Why not name the stadium “Michael Jordon arena,” after all he was a ball player, and a former Wilmingtonian, and he was tag less.

2015 years 10 months ago

“Cheer for your favorite Stockton California sport while you enjoy the waterfront view of Downtown Stockton . The Stockton waterfront events center defines the city’s redevelopment efforts, and includes the 10,000-seat Stockton Arena, plus the adjacent Stockton Ballpark. Watch as three professional teams do battle here — including the new Thunder Hockey team and the Oakland A’s farm team, the Stockton Ports. Don’t miss the action on the college circuit either. If you’d rather play than watch, tee off on one of our beautiful golf courses. Stockton is the ideal place for
good sports.
Chalk up a win for Stockton. Sports are here to stay. Get all the city of Stockton sports information, and come to enjoy a game or two before visiting the sites in nearby Northern California.”

” Expensive city investments — a promenade, a sports arena and a hotel — failed to produce an economic boon.”

Well guess which large California city is bankrupt now !

2015 years 10 months ago

The stadium in Mobile was started in 1995. The owner of that stadium had another baseball team AA I believe, along with a hockey franchise.
The Mobile newspaper ran the article saying no team but he’s starting a stadium.
The Port City Roosters were going to stay here if attendance was good and he was gonna move the AA team to Mobile. When attendance here tapered off he moved the Roosters instead.
We failed them.
Minor league baseball for 3 years in Wilmington does NOT JUSTIFY the spending of ANY taxpayer dollars for ANY stadium.
But especially not for a team with poor attendance already.
Funny ow you pointed out average attendance and not the Hillcats attendance. You see Duke – we’re not getting the average team Duke we’re getting a poorly attended team. Further justification for NOT approving this deal.
You earn a new stadium with our tax dollars – you don’t get it up front.
Sorry but critical thinking is required for decisions like this based upon empirical data not estimates and best guesses and flawed surveys.
The Hillcats are poorly attended, coming to a city with past attendance problems and failed teams. We have no business even thinking about risking taxpayer dollars for this.
If we were talking about the Port City Roosters, or the Wilmington Waves, or Duke’s Dogs – who were here for 15 years by now, and were outgrowing Brooks field, I’d be in line to approve this stadium. Now, if Mandalanta decides to build it themselves? I got no problem with that either and would welcome the baseball team.
Best Regards


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