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Still Trying To Land A Team, Kinston Faces New Competition

The city of Kinston has its work cut out if it wants to land another minor league baseball team now that the city of Wilmington hopes to build a 35 to 40-million dollar stadium to land a team.

The Wilmington city council next week will discuss negotiating with the Atlanta Braves and Mandalay Baseball Properties to build that stadium.

Wilmington mayor Bill Saffo says a tax increase may be required to afford the facility.

So how would a minor league team in Wilmington impact efforts to land another team in Kinston after the Indians left for Zebulon?

Kinston Parks & Rec Director Bill Ellis says, “Cam McRae and the ownership group have worked very hard the last 2 or 3 months trying to get a team, the city council has looked to get a lease agreement signed with the stadium to keep a professional baseball image here-and we've done some college tournaments to use the stadium until we get a team.”

Ellis says some upgrading will be in order at the stadium to attract another team but feels a team in Wilmington would only help make Eastern Carolina a “mecca” for baseball.”


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