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City of Wilmington estimates $200,000 spent on proposed baseball stadium

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - City leaders say Wilmington spent around $200,000 dollars in the effort to consider building a stadium along the riverfront.

Of that, National Sports Services, which acted as a consultant and put together a feasibility study, walked away with around $135,000 dollars.

The city spent approximately $40,000 on legal fees paid to attorneys during negotiations on a memorandum of understanding with Mandalay Baseball and the Atlanta Braves. The three groups had planned to bring a stadium and a single-A Braves baseball team to the Port City if voters agreed to $37 million worth of bonds to pay for it. Voters rejected the plan by a 70-30 margin. 

The City Manager's office is still totaling the exact dollar amount that was spent on the effort.

The Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce is also still figuring out the exact amount it spent.

It raised over $100,000 to campaign for the ballpark and Wednesday President Connie Majure-Rhett was evaluating its efforts wondering if they could have done anything differently to sway voters.

It will be up to the donors to decide what to do with any money not spent by the chamber.

The city budgeted $365,000 on its efforts to bring a stadium to downtown Wilmington.

The money they didn't spend will be put back into the general fund.

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