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Bay St. Louis Sports Complex ready for season opener

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) -

By Al Showers – bio | email

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - When the Bay St. Louis Babe Ruth Little League plays its season opener in two weeks, the kids probably won't believe their eyes. The Sports Complex where the little leaguers will play their games has under gone a major facelift.

City leaders say the storm damaged facility now looks brand new. Three new archways offer the first visible sign that the Bay St. Louis Sports Complex has a new look.

"What we're doing out here is a complete overhaul," Bay St. Louis Mayor Les Fillingame said.

Hurricane Katrina pushed more than six feet of water through the gates of the seven acre complex.

"So the concessions stands and restroom facilities were heavily damaged. There was a lot of fence damage, all the lights were damaged," Fillingame said.

Old wooden light poles have been replaced with concrete poles. New sidewalks have been added throughout the complex. And a new pavilion has gone up as well as some new playground equipment.

"The addition of the playground right in the center of the facility is probably one of the bigger additions and that's going to be one of the biggest comforts to parents who come out here with smaller children."

There is now shade for spectators watching from the bleachers, and colorful landscaping can be found throughout the complex.

"It's awesome," Ray Cox said.

Cox is a member of the Little League's Board of Directors. He also coaches a team and said the upgrades are priceless.

"There's a ton of opportunity for return on investment," Cox said. "It will bring tournaments to town. We actually now have the amenities and the potential for hosting tournaments. Where before we hosted some, but we didn't have quite the amenities that we do now."

And that should give a big boost to the local economy.

The Little League's season opener will be held Saturday, April 17. Mayor Fillingame expects all of the work will be finished by the middle of next week.

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