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I watched the debate

and I really saw nothing put forth to dissuade me the ballpark, built with public funds, is a good thing.

Now I was surprised at the Mayor's reference to Fayetteville. They don't have a baseball team other than a Coastal Plains League team.

They do have a minor league hockey team, The Fire Antz, which play in the convention center.

As to Durham, a couple of points.

First, Durham already had a track record showing support for Minor League baseball. The Durham Bulls, Class A, had been there for years and had a steady fan base.

Wilmington has had at least 2 minor league baseball teams, in the past 10 to 12 years, which departed due to lack of support. Does Wilmington support the Sharks to the same degree Fayetteville shows its Coastal Plains League team?

Second, the city contributed $400 Million toward a $1.1 Billion downtown redevelopment project. That ballpark did not cost $400 Million. Had the redevlopment project not been undertaken, it is unlikely the new ball park would have been constructed.

Look north to Richmond. The Diamond, which replaced Parker Field, home at that time of the Richmond Braves (AAA franchise for Atlanta) was constructed with public funds. And how long did the Braves remain before being moved to greener pastures?

Vote NO. And then once the exclusive agreement with Atlanta is disolved, watch the Ripken Group build across the river with no public funding.


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