BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - For the first time, the new majority owner of Biloxi's AA baseball team spoke publicly about that team. At a news conference Wednesday before group of local reporters, Ken Young said he feels confident that Biloxi will be a strong market for AA baseball.
Young recently purchased the Huntsville Stars with plans on moving the team to Biloxi to begin play in the spring of 2015.
The city of Biloxi and the state are working together to build a $36 million ballpark on property owned by Beau Rivage. Young also said he feels the stadium can be used for several other venues beside baseball and that it will be an economic catalyst for the downtown area.
One of his main goals will be to keep tickets affordable, so families can enjoy a day at the ballpark.
But it won't be all fun and games. Young is also a savvy businessman who owns several other minor-league professional teams both in baseball and in hockey. He said the profit margin for minor-league sports is small but he does expect to make money on the baseball team.
As for naming rights to the new stadium, that has not been publicly disclosed yet. But the outside marquee at Beau Rivage casino says it best: Groundbreaking 2pm Thursday for the new MGM Park at Beau Rivage.
Doug Walker spoke with Young at length today. Be sure and watch the story later today on WLOX News and on WLOX.com.