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Pensacola Egg Fest at Maritime Community Park

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos dropped off a big check to the Community Maritime Park Associates  this morning.

Team owner Quint Studer and general manager Bruce Baldwin were there to hand off more than $490,000.

The Wahoos have now paid almost $700,000 to the CMPA this year as part of a rent agreement for the stadium.

Other ballparks in the Southern League may be bigger, with more luxury suites.

In fact, Pensacola is the second smallest market in the league.
"And we're the second highest in use fees. So that's a great credit to our fans, and a great credit to our employees that make that experience happen," says Wahoos' owner Quint Studer.

Only the Birmingham Barons pay more in use fees, and it's just a few thousand dollars difference.

Montgomery is third on the list, a long way behind.
The numbers put Pensacola at the highest per seat use fee in the league.

One dollar of each ticket for a Wahoos game goes to the CMPA.
The same is true for events like the recent Soul Bowl football games.

This weekend the stadium is hosting the Pensacola Egg Fest, a barbecue festival fundraiser for chain reaction, and revenue generator for the city.

"Every ticket that we sell, I think it's either a dollar or a dollar seventy-five, goes back to CMPA which helps improve the park and keeps it available for use for next year. Because we'll be back," says Jerold Hall with the Pensacola Egg Fest.

"The key thing now is for the CMPA to get the rest of the property working well, because we certainly don't want to raise our ticket surcharge that goes to the CMPA. Because we want to keep our ticket prices low," says Studer.

The goal is to have more events here in the stadium, and to put more tenants on the grounds at Community Maritime Park.
And that could mean millions of dollars for the city of Pensacola in years to come.

"We're going to have a barbecue festival at a minor league baseball stadium overlooking Pensacola Bay. I don't know how there isn't an event here every weekend. There absolutely should be," says Hall.