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Supporters of baseball stadium kick off campaign

Baseball stadium supporters kick off campaign

Wilmington, N.C. - (WECT) - Supporters of a proposed baseball stadium in downtown Wilmington have started their campaign to get voters to check yes on the November ballot.

The signs read "Vote Yes for the Ballpark."

Proponents of the baseball stadium are getting a late start.

The group against the project started their efforts weeks ago with signs and bumper stickers.

The Atlanta Braves and Mandalay are proposing to bring a minor league baseball team here if the city will build a stadium.  The Braves and Mandalay have committed to $500,000 a year for a 20 year contract. 

Voters will decide in November whether to approve a $37 million  bond referendum to purchase land and build a stadium for minor league baseball team.

Opponents are saying local residents should not help foot the bill with a two and half cent tax increase.

Supporters say the stadium will not only serve as a venue for minor league baseball games but will be an arena for concerts and other entertainment.

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