I have to correct you on something. You said:
"4) The city is “allowed” to have 10 functions a year in the stadium and will have to pay Mandalay to “manage” these functions. You have got to be kidding me. The Mayor and Council need to be drug tested weekly from this day forward at their own expense."
That is not entirely true. Yes they CAN but who makes the FINAL decision? This is interesting:
From the agreement section 12
12. Scheduling Priority; City Events. It is the intent of the Parties for the North Carolina Azalea Festival (“Festival”) to have priority over all other events at the Ballpark, including, subject only to the schedule making authority of the Carolina League, the Team’s home baseball games. The Parties acknowledge and agree that the schedule making authority of the Carolina League supersedes the above-stated intent of the Parties with respect to the priority
of the Festival. Operator shall use its reasonable efforts to cause the Carolina League to adopt schedules that do not create conflicts between the Team’s home baseball games and the Festival.
Read this part again:
The Parties acknowledge and agree that the schedule making authority of the Carolina League supersedes the above-stated intent of the Parties with respect to the priority of the Festival.
So if the Carolina League (CL)decides that the Pelicans come to town for 3 days during Azalea Festival THEY take precedence over festival activities.
Remember Rick the scheduling is ALWAYS at the discretion of the CL. ALWAYS !!!! No exceptions.
Now, will they interfere with Azalea Festival? I doubt it - they don't want to make anyone here mad about OUR festival. But it's interesting that while spending $58M we have to "beg" the BBC for use of the stadium during festival, or any other of the 10 city sponsored events.
There are no guarantees the city will get to use the stadium - NONE.
By the way I've come up with an interesting name for the stadium to "honor" our main negotiator on this deal. I will bid $1 dollar for naming rights to call it
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