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Mikey, Mikey, Mikey

again you make a very poor effort at building support for a ball diamond.

You compare apples and watermelons. There's a big difference between a federally funded project in Brunswick County and a public funded project in downtown Wilmington along the river.

Mike you're doing more damage than harm to the proponets of the ballpark with your half truths and number clouding.

You want to build support?

Take the proposal; review each item; and crunch the numbers. Show specifically, how much revenue will flow to the City.

And remember, the proposal shows no ticket revenue to the City until ticket number 300,001 has been sold. What are they proposing? A stadium which will seat 5,500 to 6,000. How many home games? 65 perhaps? And remember double headers will only count as a 1 ticket sale per admission. So a best guess might be $64,000 to $90,000 in ticket proceeds to the City. Can you in all honesty, with a straight face, and looking people in the eye, claim all home games will sell out?

Now Mikey, I've done the math on one aspect of the proposal.

Your turn. Take one other aspect of the proposal; crunch the numbers using optomistic estimates. What do you come up with?

I was in Winston-Salem this past week. I attended a W-S Dash game on Wednesday. Personally, it was a great way to unwind after a day at work. Care to guess attendance? Try 1500 for a mid-week game. And this stadium is located adjacent to a major highway. No matter where they put a stadium in Wilmington, you're still going to have traffic issues which will require additional police to control traffic flow.

Mikey, if you're such a baseball and business guru, how many Sharks games did you attend last year?


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