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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We’ve heard a lot lately from those against building a tax-funded ballpark in the Port City, but not much from those who support it. Thursday, we asked them why they have been MIA.

At Wilmington City Council meetings, there are always at least two or three people who speak out against the stadium, but not many have come forward to rally support.

Jim Hundley, the spokesperson for the Wilmington Ballpark Coalition, says he hopes to start more of a grass roots campaign to support their effort and City Council’s push to move the project forward.

“We’ve not been speaking publicly about it. We’ve been working kind of behind the scenes with the business community and the people that support it,” Hundley said. “It’s going to take a lot of people to get this done, but we still remain optimistic and think it’s a good deal for the city.”

John Hinnant, the executive director of Wilmington Downtown Inc., says both those for and against the stadium will make a more prominent stance once more facts come out.

“What is this whole package going to look like? How much is it going to cost? What’s the site going to be?” Hinnant said. “Now that some of the details are starting to get finalized, until we know all the details, it’s hard to advocate for something you don’t know about. I think they’re taking a more strategic approach in the sense that it’s better to have the details and better to have the information. It’s better to have the city work through the process.”

WWAY also spoke with Chris Fernandez, the founder of Portcitybaseball.com. He says they are still here and still talking with people and businesses to get on board in supporting a stadium.

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Guest2020
2016 years 2 months ago

Then you will have a situation like the convention center. The council negotiated and signed a contract knowing that the people were against it. And then claimed that since they had signed the contract they were obligated to go through with it. They did this after the public voted against it. Now you want to let them negotiate and sign a contract then get voter approval. It just won’t fly and that is not the proper way to do it. If there is such a time constraint, then they should consider holding a special election to determine the voter opinion.… Read more »

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1981duke
2016 years 2 months ago

much smaller market,continue to scare-em VOG as this fall plenty of time to debate so burn all your “scare tactics’ now while WWAY supports your tunnel vision.

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1981duke
2016 years 2 months ago

You get one vote,use it wisely.

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Vog46
2016 years 2 months ago

Supporters say Wilmington is a baseball town. In spite of a failed AA level team and a failed A level team. Here’s how other Carolina League teams have faired staying put…….
Team………………..year founded….in existence
Carolina Mudcats……….1978……………34 years
Fredrick Keys………….1989……………23 years
Lynchburg Hillcats……..1963……………49 years
M Beach Pelicans……….1998……………14 years
Potomac Nationals………1978……………34 years
Salem Red Sox………….1968……………44 years
Wilington (Del) Blue Rocks1993……………19 years
W/Salem Dash…………..1945……………67 years

/A lot of these teams changed their affiliations over the years or were bought and sold – but they were established. The major league teams could look at Lynchburg and say “baseball is pretty popular there we can build a stadium and make it work”
In other… Read more »

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1981duke
2016 years 2 months ago

Cause you do not know what to look for,we have never had anything here like this ever…stat starpped in you might become a season tix holder

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