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Huntsville mayor says Stars are welcome to stay in Alabama

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The Huntsville Stars are in the middle of a two year contract to play ball in Alabama, and Huntsville's mayor says he hasn't heard a thing about the team leaving Alabama to play ball in Biloxi. The Huntsville Stars are in the middle of a two year contract to play ball in Alabama, and Huntsville's mayor says he hasn't heard a thing about the team leaving Alabama to play ball in Biloxi.
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

The clock may be ticking on Biloxi baseball in 2015. If the city can't figure out how to cut costs and build its baseball stadium soon, Huntsville's mayor says he's more than willing to keep the Stars in Alabama.

The Huntsville Stars are in the middle of a two year contract to play ball in Alabama, and Huntsville's mayor says he hasn't heard a thing about the team leaving Alabama to play ball in Biloxi.

In order for the team to relocate to Biloxi, they'd have to break that contract and pay a fine. The mayor says city leaders talked with Southern League officials Wednesday about the issue and where the Stars would play in 2015.

So now the question remains, is this a backup plan for Biloxi if the baseball park is not built in time for next spring's season?

As we first told you Wednesday, the lowest contractor bid to build the stadium was $5 million over the city's allotted budget. But in that bid proposal was an item that would extend the construction deadline to one full year.

The bid says giving the contractor an extra two months would save one million dollars. But the ballpark wouldn't be ready until at least July.

WLOX News spoke with Biloxi Councilman Paul Tisdale about these new details. He said he simply isn't sure what's next for baseball in Biloxi.  But he said city leaders will be discussing this at next Tuesday's meeting, and hope to find ways to lower the stadium cost and not face any penalties. 

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