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08/07/04

Finishing Touches Being Put On Biloxi Stadium

The new school year means a brand new stadium for student athletes at Biloxi High School.

For the past 44 years, the Biloxi Indians have played their football games at Yankie Stadium, but it's only a matter of weeks before they put their new state-of-the-art stadium to good use.

Football season hasn't even started, but there was a lot of action at Biloxi High's new stadium Saturday.

"They're basically doing our landscaping now, trying to get everything touched up here. They'll be striping the track next week," said Biloxi Athletic Director "Spud" Weiniewitz.

"For the next four weeks, workers will be putting the finishing touches on the new 4-million dollar stadium," said Weiniewitz.

"This is as modern as modern can get with the tarp and turf we have for the track, surrounding the field, The synthetic turf is brand new," he added.

Four inches of pulverized rubber is embedded in the grass, providing more cushion for the athletes who play on it.

"There are studies shown that this type of turf is going to reduce knee injuries, that's not to say that there won't be any injuries, but it will be reduced a great deal so it's a lot safer for the kids to play on," Wieniewitz said.

The new stadium also will provide more home seats than the old Yankie Stadium where Biloxi High has played football games for the past few decades.

The stadium boats 4,000 home seats and 1,500 seats for visitors.

And while football fans are sure to pack these stands on game night, this facility will be used for many different purposes

"Our band program will be practicing on the field, so it's going to be very, very busy all year long. Plus our track team will be competing on this when the spring rolls around," Wieniewitz said.

As for the workers at the stadium, they'll be racing to finish work on the stadium before the Indians first home football game on September 3.

Tickets for the Biloxi Indians' first home game will go on sell Monday.

Season ticket holders will also be able to renew their season tickets on this day, and the week that follows.

You can purchase or renew your tickets at the front office of Biloxi High School, beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday.

By: Toni Miles

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