First of all, comparing a stadium built in 1949 and attendance levels in Kinston, NC has no grounds in comparison to a new state of the art stadium in Wilmington. Kinston's population is roughly 25,000 vs 107,000 in Wilmington, not to mention the number of people that visit this city on an annual basis.
Secondly, the fact that the team would be a Braves affiliate makes a huge difference. There are an amazing amount of Braves fans in the area, and they will want to see up and coming prospects.
Third, this is not just a baseball stadium. This brings an outdoor venue for music and other events. WE NEED THIS!! If you have been to any of the outdoor events thrown on Water St. over the summer you would know this. It will attract larger bands and artists that may have booked in Myrtle Beach instead of Wilmington.
Minor league baseball is alive and well in NC. Durham Bulls, Winston-Salem Dash, Carolina Mudcats, all of these organizations have decent turnout. The Mudcats, which used to be the Kinston Indians, have a stadium that is out in the middle of the sticks and still get a decent turn out.
All I am saying is look at the possibilities this brings to the area, especially downtown!
And yes, it is your tax dollars and you have the right to an opinion, as I do too.
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