South Mississippians ready to see minor leaguers 'Play Ball!'

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - "Play ball!" That's what many people are hoping to soon say at minor league baseball games in Biloxi.

That's because the Biloxi City Council voted in favor of a resolution for a 7,000 seat baseball stadium.

Biloxi Mayor AJ Holloway said that intending to borrow the estimated $21 million it would take to construct the stadium is just one of many steps in the process. But a lot of people in the community are already getting excited about potentially having a minor league team on the coast.

As each bat hit the ball at little league baseball games at AJ Holloway fields, fans were in agreement about the proposal for a minor league stadium.

"I think it would be a great idea," said baseball dad Ben Johnson.

"I think it's a great idea. It would promote so much for Biloxi and the little league teams here," said baseball mom Leanna Vinson.

Vinson said the benefits of having a minor league team here are immeasurable.

"It would bring so much fundamentals and great inspiring to them, too," said Vinson.

"I grew up playing baseball and it's just the American sport," said Ben Johnson.

The potential stadium would be built across from the Beau Rivage. Surrounding businesses like McElroys Seafood Restaurant already have employers thrilled by the notion.

"With this restaurant, it's a family restaurant and it's going to be families that come with their kids here," said Daphne Wren.

Wren said a baseball stadium in downtown Biloxi would help businesses throughout the coast and having a stadium here is a no brainer.

"We have such a good variety here of people and they would enjoy this place," said Wren.

While the process begins to bring minor league baseball to Biloxi, the community seems to be agreement that idea is a home run.

WLOX tried to contact Governor Phil Bryant's office about this potential project, but they had no comment at this time on this ongoing process.

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