Atlanta Braves

Last month, WHQR’s Sara Wood spoke with Terry Spencer of the Wilmington Family Entertainment and Baseball Committee. The group supports a $37 million stadium bond referendum that would bring minor league baseball to the Port City. Today we hear from Scott Harry with The Vote No Stadium Tax Referendum Committee. He says in this economy, it’s criminal to ask citizens to pay for a stadium.

Harry believes a publicly-funded stadium operated by Mandalay Sports would hamper economic development. He says proponents of the ballpark use emotional arguments to garner support.

Mayor Bill Saffo Talks Baseball

Sep 20, 2012
Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo

After 9 months of negotiations and hearty public debates, the Wilmington City Council approved a Memorandum of Understanding last night with Mandalay and the Atlanta Braves, bringing a minor league baseball team and a new multi-purpose stadium one step closer to the Port City. With a public vote two months away on whether or not to fund the project, WHQR’s Sara Wood spoke with Mayor Bill Saffo about what it could bring to Wilmington.

A deal on a baseball stadium is set to go before Wilmington’s  City Council at its next meeting on Tuesday night. 

Baseball on the Cape Fear River?

Aug 6, 2012
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Wilmington City Council announced today they have finalized the total cost of the proposed baseball stadium.  However, WHQR’s Andrew Jarachovic reports that negotiations between the City and Mandalay and the Atlanta Braves partnership are continuing. 

Baseball on the Cape Fear River?

Aug 6, 2012
Atlanta Braves

WilmingtonCity officials are still working on the details of a final agreement with Mandalay and the Atlanta Braves on building a minor league baseball stadium at the riverfront. 

Wilmington and Braves in Negotiations

Jul 20, 2012
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Wilmington City Councilman Kevin O’Grady held a press conference at City Hall yesterday afternoon to offer an update on negotiations to bring professional baseball to the city.  WHQR’s Andrew Jarachovic reports on the progress.