New baseball fields in Biloxi should be ready for the opening pitch of Little League next spring.
Adding five baseball diamonds is the next step in building the city's new sports complex.
A team of heavy equipment operators and construction workers is building the baseball fields. They're busy hammering near home plate, leveling the field near the first base line and laying sod out in left field.
The 10 million dollar state of the art facility will measure up with the best in South Mississippi.
"We plan to play on them next spring and that will be about 650 youngsters combining our American Little League and our National Little League, which have traditionally played in other places. They're excited about coming out here as well," said city recreation director, Nathan Sullivan.
Construction worker, Jerry Ward, is helping build the ball diamonds. He's also a soccer dad who coaches his five year old son's team. Youngsters have already enjoyed playing on the new soccer fields at the sports complex.
"As nice as the complexes are, it actually gives them the experience of playing at the big league while they're here in their hometown," said Ward.
Along with the soccer fields, adult softball and baseball fields are already in use. New tennis courts will follow.
Although local children will have priority playing on these fields, this new sports complex is also expected to help boost Biloxi tourism by attracting its share of traveling tournament teams from outside the area.
"Bring a lot of folks into your town for a weekend. And give them a good place to play. And generate some income for the businesses in the city as well," Sullivan explained.
It's part of the recreation department's game plan, for years of winning seasons on the baseball fields of Biloxi.
The Biloxi sports complex is located next to the new Biloxi High School. The tennis courts will be the final addition to the complex. Four new courts should be ready to open by next fall