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City: Biloxi already has areas to accommodate parking for baseball stadium

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Lots of planning is going into the construction of Biloxi's baseball stadium, but don't expect to see the city construct any parking for the stadium.

Christina Garcia met with members of Biloxi's Main Street organization and city officials Wednesday. She has the latest on where people might park once the stadium is built. 

The plans for the Biloxi Baseball stadium include seating for 6,000 and because the city will lease Beau Rivage's land, where their employees park, the city is building them a parking garage for their workers.  

According to Biloxi's Director of Community Development Jerry Creel, the city doesn't have to build any parking for the thousands going to the downtown baseball game.  

"Any agency, any building, any operation in downtown zoning, D-T zoning under our land development ordinance does not require parking," said Creel.  

Creel says the reason for that is so no historic buildings are torn down to provide parking. Cliff Kirkland with Main Street Biloxi says it's not unusual to build a stadium without a parking area.

"We're not inventing the wheel here. This has been going on for baseball major league and minor league baseball have relocated parks downtown for quite away," Kirkland said.

Kirkland and Creel say they've identified several parking spaces to accommodate those attending the baseball games.  

Those areas include parking at the Saenger Theatre, under the I-110 overpass and four blocks away from the stadium at the Biloxi Civic Center. 

"We did a survey this past summer in response to some of the issues that were brought up about parking. We've identified more than 2,000 parking spaces in just a 3 block area in downtown," Kirkland said. 

Creel says it will all be shared parking.  

"Remember when these games are going to be held nights and weekends it's gonna be a time when your businesses are usually closed down," said Creel.  

Creel says the city is talking to CTA transporting people to the stadium.

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