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Why do the Wilmington Sharks charge for admission?

Chuck Carree

The Wilmington Sharks score a run during the 2011 season. StarNews file photo by Paul Stephen.

Q. Why do the Wilmington Sharks charge for admission when they can not pay players and pay the city a very nominal fee of $450 per game for using Legion Stadium and keep sponsor income and concession stand revenues? With a low cost structure,their tickets are about the same as UNCW. Where does all the incomes go and what do they claim as “expenses”?

A. First of all, the Sharks are not professionals and therefore are not allowed to be paid. They are college players – meaning amateurs.

According to lease agreement for use of Buck Hardee Field supplied by Amy Beatty, superintendent for recreation and downtown services, the Sharks are not required to report income.

However, after visiting with the Sharks on Thursday, monies made are used for operating costs and for salaries and so forth.

The baseball team plays in the Coastal Plain League.


When was Legion Stadium built and how was it financed?

Is there an adult flag football league? If so, are their age requirements?

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2 Responses to “ Why do the Wilmington Sharks charge for admission?”

  1. On May 31, 2013 at 3:16 pm nathan wrote:

    Although players are not paid, coaches are. They also have a demanding travel schedule which requires travel expenses. Uniforms, field maintenance, umpires, etc adds up.

    Sharks tickets are cheap (and you can find coupons for free tickets) , food is cheap, drinks are cheap, and the level of play is similar to a low level minor league team. What is there to complain about?

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