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Kevin,
Thank you for this excellent article about Braves,Mandalay and the 'proposed" stadium and impact on our City and area.
We are a ripe marketplace and a top team.The Braves are known throughout Baseball as a premier franchise and Mandalay a top notch entertainment company who will book events monthly to drive traffic and revenues to our City.They{Mandalay) are solid,respected highly ethical in the entertainment industry and I urge to view their web-page,www.mandalay.com and you can see for yourself.
I also post below as these are highlights from the 02-07-2011 City Hall Meeting,
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WILMINGTON MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL FAST FACTS

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• At the February 7th regular meeting of the Wilmington City Council, the City of Wilmington, Mandalay Baseball Properties, LLC and Atlanta National League Baseball Club, Inc. entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to actively explore and enter into exclusive negotiations regarding a public-private partnership to plan for, finance, develop and construct a ballpark in the City of Wilmington at a to-be-determined site for a Minor League Baseball team that Mandalay Baseball and the Atlanta Braves will jointly acquire – the Advanced A Carolina League Lynchburg (VA) Hillcats - with the intent to relocate it to the City.

• The Atlanta Braves are the oldest continuously operating professional sports franchise in America. Since their debut in the National League in 1876, the franchise has won 16 divisional titles, 17 National League pennants, as well as three World Series championships - in 1914 as the Boston Braves, in 1957 as the Milwaukee Braves, and in 1995 in Atlanta. The Braves are the only MLB franchise to have won the World Series in three different home cities.

• From 1991–2005 the Braves were one of the most successful franchises in baseball, winning division titles an unprecedented 14 consecutive times in that period. The Braves won the NL West 1991–93 and the NL East 1995–2005, and returned to the playoffs as the National League Wild Card in 2010. The Braves advanced to the World Series five times in the 1990s, winning the title in 1995.

• The Atlanta Braves own and operate six of their minor league affiliates – more than any other MLB team - including the Triple A International League Gwinnett Braves; the Double A Southern League Mississippi Braves; the Single A South Atlantic League Rome Braves; the Rookie Appalachian League Danville Braves; the Rookie Gulf Coast League Braves; and the Rookie Dominican Summer League Braves.

• Mandalay Baseball is considered one of the premier owners/operators in Minor League Baseball. Currently, Mandalay Baseball owns and/or operates the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, Triple A International League affiliate of the New York Yankees; the Oklahoma City Redhawks, Triple A Pacific Coast League affiliate of the Houston Astros; the Frisco (TX) RoughRiders, Double A Texas League affiliate of the Texas Rangers; the Erie (PA) SeaWolves, Double A Eastern League affiliate of the Detroit Tigers; and the Dayton (OH) Dragons, Single A Midwest League affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds.

• During the 2011 season, Mandalay Baseball’s Dayton Dragons broke the longest sellout streak in professional sports at any level in North America of 814 games previously held by the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers. Every Dragons game played at Fifth Third Field in downtown Dayton since the club’s inception in 2000 has been a sellout– over 8,000 fans per game – and as of the end of last season the Dragons streak stands at 844 consecutive sellouts. Notable partners with Mandalay Baseball in the ownership of the Dayton Dragons include former Ohio State running back, two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin and NBA legend and basketball Hall of Famer Magic Johnson.

• Minor League Baseball enhances the quality of life in communities like Wilmington all across the country. It brings affordable family entertainment in a fun-filled atmosphere to fans of all ages as they watch the Major League Baseball stars of the future.

• 2011 saw Minor League Baseball complete its 110th season. It continues to be a huge box office success as regular season attendance surpassed 43,000,000 for the seventh consecutive year.

• The Atlanta Braves and Mandalay Baseball will have joint ownership in the team ensuring that Wilmington’s own minor league baseball team will always be a Braves affiliate.

• The Atlanta Braves/Mandalay Baseball partnership will enter into a long-term guaranteed lease with the City of Wilmington of at least 20 years.

• The Atlanta Braves and Mandalay Baseball partnership has more combined experience owning and operating successful minor league teams – 11 - than any other minor league owner/operator.

• Unlike other minor league teams based in Wilmington who played at Brooks Field on the UNCW campus, the new team will be playing in a state-of-the-art ballpark that in and of itself will be a reason for fans to come to games.

• The Atlanta Braves and Mandalay Baseball will make a commitment to the City of Wilmington to provide the absolute highest quality, affordable family entertainment with unsurpassed amenities and customer service.

• According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis of the U.S. Department of Commerce, the one-time economic impact of the construction of the proposed ballpark alone is estimated to be $62,725,549 and will create 645 jobs.

• According to the same source, the on-going annual economic impact of the proposed ballpark alone is estimated to be $9,828,220 and the equivalent of 139 jobs.

These critical facts as individuals can make the best decisions based on facts,solid projections and we always welcome and value opinions as this will be the "economic engine" our city and area need to 'build a better Wilmington'
Thanks,
www.portcitybaseball.com

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