BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Despite recent news that Biloxi baseball stadium construction bids came in well over budget, the city must continue to look forward at other issues. The council is now looking at traffic concerns for when the stadium is actually completed.
How will thousands of baseball fans move in and out of parking lots and the stadium itself?
The Biloxi City Council got a visit on Tuesday from the engineering team responsible for getting people in and out of the baseball stadium. The Neel-Schaffer Engineering firm did a series of studies that gave insight to what the city could expect.
"There is a tremendous parking supply within a half a mile of the stadium," said engineer Jonathan Kiser.
His firm found around 9,000 parking spots within that half mile. Kiser said that should be more than enough to accommodate baseball fans. According to data Kiser's group gathered, each game should see around 4,000 people on average. If you put two people in each car, that's only 2,000 cars.
The studies were only done for baseball games, not concerts that could be held in the ballpark. Kiser said that's something that shouldn't worry the city.
"Biloxi already handles many very large events with Cruisin' the Coast and lots of other destination events," said Kiser.
Kiser said the city should treat that situation like retail stores do Christmas. They don't build parking lots for Christmas Day.
The Neel-Schaffer Engineering firm looked at other baseball teams in the Southern League to get an average number of attendees per game. Kiser suggested to the city that Caillavet Street should be closed an hour before each game to accommodate pedestrian traffic.