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Sharks Showcase Ballpark Renovations During Home Opener

Wilmington Shark New Logo 1Fans of the summer collegiate Wilmington Sharks (Coastal Plain League) entered Buck Hardee Field on Wednesday for the home opener with excitement not only for baseball but also to see the park’s renovations, including a new scoreboard, new box seating, new backstop and netting installation, and replacement of the current audio system.  Read more hereView photo gallery here.

Buck Hardee Field renovation photo, Wilmington Sharks Facebook page

Buck Hardee Field renovations photo, Wilmington Sharks Facebook page

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Three CPL Ballparks to Host USA-Japan International Friendship Series

Coastal Plain LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Coastal Plain League announced today that three of its ballparks will host games of USA-Japan International Friendship Series this summer. Continue reading

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Sharks Announce Stadium Improvements, Launch New Website

Wilmington Shark New Logo 1PRESS RELEASE – The Wilmington Sharks are pleased to announce that stadium and field renovations will begin next week as part of an ongoing makeover of Buck Hardee Field before the start of the Coastal Plain League season on May 28th. Continue reading

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Renovations on Tap for Home of Wilmington Sharks

Wilmington Sharks Logo 2Commissioners in New Hanover County (NC) voted 4-0 Monday in favor of spending about $50,000 to help with improvements to Buck Hardee Field, home of the summer collegiate Wilmington Sharks (Coastal Plain League).  The Sharks will pay for half of the $325,000 renovation project, with three government entities picking up the tab for the other half.  Read more here and here.

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New Branding, AGM for Wilmington Sharks

Wilmington Shark New Logo 1PRESS RELEASE – Today is an exciting day for the entire Wilmington Sharks organization and its fans as we reveal our new branding for the 2014 season and beyond. Continue reading

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Wilmington Sharks Under New Ownership

Wilmington Sharks LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Wilmington Sharks are pleased to announce that Peter B. Freund, a minority owner of the New York Yankees and partner in the Class-A Charleston RiverDogs, has purchased the Wilmington Sharks of the Coastal Plain League. Continue reading

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Sharks Employee Dies at Ballpark

Wilmington Sharks LogoThe summer collegiate Wilmington Shark (Coastal Plain League) called off their game with the Fayetteville SwampDogs Monday night, as the team’s devoted equipment manager Kevin Cerasuolo collapsed and died in the team’s clubhouse just before the the Sharks were scheduled to take batting practice.  He was in his late 30s.  Read more and view news report here.

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Sharks Announce New Voice for 2013 Season

Wilmington Sharks LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Wilmington Sharks announced the today the addition of Garrett Knock as the Media Relations Intern and Broadcaster.  Knock responsibilities will be highlighted by updating the website, press releases, social media and play-by-play for each home game during the summer. In addition, Knock will also travel with the team to away games tweeting game updates for the fans unable to Continue reading

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Sharks Announce New GM

Wilmington Sharks LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Wilmington Sharks announced the hiring of Pat Hutchins as general manager. The Durham, North Carolina native brings enthusiasm and professionalism to his new role. After leaving Greenville and East Carolina University, Hutchins has called Wilmington home for over 15 years. He has already hit the ground running for his first season in the Coastal Plain League. Continue reading

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Wilmington to Begin Formal Negotiations for Affiliated Ball

The Wilmington (NC) City Council has unanimously approved a plan to begin formal negotiations with the Atlanta Braves and Mandalay Baseball Properties to bring the Single-A Lynchburg Hillcats (Carolina League) to the Port City.  Not everyone is happy, including Darrell Handelsman, owner of the summer collegiate Wilmington Sharks (Coastal Plain League), who argued that if the Braves come Continue reading

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Bobby Cox Talking Pro Ball in Wilmington (NC)

Former Atlanta Braves skipper Bobby Cox recently visted with officials in Wilmington (NC) to discuss the return of pro ball to the Port City.  The city council is scheduled to discuss Cox’s visit and a potential new ballpark at a workshop scheduled for Dec. 16.  Wilmington is the current home for the successful summer collegiate Wilmington Sharks (Coastal Plain League).  Read more here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the story.

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Wilmington Sharks Extend Lease Through 2016

Despite rumors about the possible return of professional baseball to Wilmington (NC), the city and the summer collegiate Wilmington Sharks (Coastal Plain League) and have quietly worked out a deal to extend the Sharks’ lease of Buck Hardee Field for five more years.  An official announcement is expected today at 10:00 a.m. at the ballpark.  Read more here and here.

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Sharks Announce 2011 Promotional Plans

PRESS RELEASE – The Wilmington Sharks of the Coastal Plain League (CPL) have announced their marketing plans for the 2011 season.  The Sharks home-opener will take place on Tuesday, May 31st against the Fayetteville SwampDogs; game time is scheduled for 7:05 pm with the gates opening at 6:00 pm. Continue reading

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Sharks to Host Craft Beer Fest

PRESS RELEASE – The Wilmington Sharks of the Coastal Plain League (CPL) announced today that they in conjunction with Tryon Distributing and Phi Kappa Alpha will be hosting the 1st Annual Wilmington Sharks Craft Beer Fest. Continue reading

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