WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Wednesday night, a few dozen supporters met to talk about ways to help spread the pro-baseball message and gain community support for efforts to bring a stadium and a team to the Port City.
Chris Fernandez founded the website, www.portcitybaseball.com to show his support, and he also organized Wednesday's meeting.
As city council negotiates with Mandalay Baseball and the Atlanta Braves organization over the next few months, Fernandez wants to make sure city leaders hear from supporters.
Supporters at the meeting plan to attend future council meetings, as well as email and call council members.
Tuesday night, city council approved spending $123,000 on a feasibility study, legal fees and financial advice to move forward with baseball talks.
"More information is going to come out as council does its research," said Fernandez. "As they do their feasibility study, I think more data is going to come out to support that the stadium is going to be an economic engine downtown. It's going to bring more developments downtown."
Tuesday night, Councilman Kevin O'Grady said that more than 70 home games that the minor league would play would result in 1,300 nights spent at hotels from visiting teams alone.
However, opponents of the plan don't want to see the city raise taxes to pay for the stadium.
Fernandez says the pro-baseball group will plan more events and rallies in the future to help garner support.