BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - We're getting closer every day to hearing the first crack of a bat at Biloxi's baseball stadium. Tuesday, a small ceremony was held to celebrate a milestone in the construction process. Mayor A.J. Holloway was joined by other key players in the stadium's construction to sign the final steel beam before it was installed.
The structure of the $36 million baseball stadium has risen out of the ground in just three months. To signify the end of the steel beam installation, a 'Topping Out' celebration was held on the site.
"This is huge. I mean, you work so long to see something like this come together and then it's nice to see everybody out on site and see the stadium finally coming together," said team owner Tim Bennett.
'Topping Out' is the term used in construction to mean the last piece of structural steel is in place. Bennett said Yates Construction made sure that this day could happen as soon as possible. "I've got all the confidence in the world that these guys are going to get it done on time and on budget, as usual," said Bennett.
Yates is celebrating 50 years in business, and construction manager, Jason Wold, said he's glad to see this project happening. He said baseball has been discussed in Biloxi for years, and this year is the perfect year for things to get rolling. "To be a part of that, and to be a big baseball fan, it makes me proud to be involved in it," said Wold.
Other officials were also involved in the big day, including Mayor A.J. Holloway. "It's going to be great for the city of Biloxi for many, many years, I hope," said the mayor.
Holloway joined officials from Yates, Dale Partners, and other key players in signing the final beam before it was lifted to the top of the stadium. "You know, it's an honor. It's really an honor. You know, and I appreciate it," said Holloway.
He had one wish for the beam that now sports his and a handful of other signatures. "I hope some people see it," he said.
According to Yates officials, the stadium's construction is still on schedule. The 365-day contract started in early August.