WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Going to Wilmington Sharks baseball games has been a summer pastime in the Port City since the late 1990’s.
But if Buck Hardee field does not receive millions of dollars in renovations, the Sharks may swim off in search of a better habitat.
This afternoon, sharks owner Matt Perry presented a proposal to the Legion Stadium Commission, detailing proposed renovations. The team’s lease runs out at the end of August.
The commission is made up of members from Wilmington City Council, New Hanover County Commission, and New Hanover County school board.
The project would cost an estimated $3.5 million and would include additional seating, a turf field, video board, beer garden, and more.
Perry says while they do not want to leave Wilmington, they may be left with no other choice.
“We really need to buckle down and work diligently with the committee on coming up with a plan that we can take forward,” Perry said. “And really, we need to know before this summer, kind of where things are headed.”
Complicating things is the approximately $25 million the city spent on Hurricane Florence recovery, which will not be reimbursed by FEMA until next year.
Perry says he believes the commission is open minded, and that they can figure out a plan that is economically viable.
However, he says he needs an answer in the coming months.