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Five potential ballpark sites under discussion in Wilmington

Carolina LeagueFive potential ballpark sites in Wilmington (N.C.) for an Atlanta Braves farm team will be presented to the public at meetings tonight and tomorrow night.

The five sites include what many in the city consider to be the leader: a riverfront site near PPD, a site mentioned as the frontrunner since talk of a new ballpark in the Port City began. The other sites identified by National Sports Services are scattered throughout the area (including some outside city limits); one potential site has already been pulled off the table by its owner.

The city is negotiating with Mandalay Baseball Properties and the Braves for a new ballpark. If financing for the $40-million project can be arranged, a new ballpark could open for the 2014 season and house the relocating Lynchburg Hillcats (High Class A; Carolina League).

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