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Kirk, Kirk, Kirk

Most folks are not opposed to baseball or a stadium. They are opposed to public tax dollars being used to fund the stadium construction.

I've been to the Charleston baseball stadium when down there. Be honest, there is a stark difference between its location and where the City leaders propose to place the Wilmington stadium. For that matter, look at any stadium -- Richmond, Winston Salem, Greensboro, or Durham, for starters. They are all located in areas which were not considered "prime" real estate; and the stadiums did cause surrounding areas to improve in appearance, safety, and tax values.

Let's not forget the stadium naming rights and the fees associated. Winston Salem and Greensboro are both named for banks, BB&T and New Bridge.

Now take your numbers. A Family of 4 @ $11 per pop is $44. Throw in a few hot dogs and non-alcoholic beverages, maybe a program souvenir or 2, maybe a couple of jerseys, and parking, this family outing for 4 is now well north of $100 for about 3 hours; and that assumes Mom & Dad do not imbibe with a couple of cold brewskies.

Don't get me wrong, I think baseball is great and would be great in Wilmington. When in Richmond, I saw Dave Justice, Chipper Jones, Deon Sanders, and a host of others in the Braves organization during the 80s.

And while we're on the topic of baseball, don't forget the Wilmington Sharks. Great baseball at a fraction of the cost.


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