BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The city of Biloxi's budget for the baseball stadium is $36 million. Knowing they cannot exceed the budget, city leaders were concerned about how they would pay for a critical piece of the park - the scoreboard. But the Biloxi Shuckers team owners stepped up to the plate Tuesday.
"What we did was kind of went back in and put a pencil to paper and kind of figured out a way we could pay for the main scoreboard, the video board, the one estimated at $1.7 million, at no expense to the city," said Tim Bennett.
The only part the city will have to cover is the installation of the boards, which is estimated to cost $500,000. But Bennett also announced the team will be giving the city the first $100,000 made off of advertising, every season.
"We'll use player profiles on half of the board and advertising on the other half. That generates revenue. Revenue that typically would come to the team or Overtime Sports. We're going to take that revenue and give it to the city to help with debt service," said Bennett.
Council members seemed relieved and grateful for the news. Council President Kenny Glavan feels that having the bigger, more elaborate video board will help make MGM park all that he knows he can be.
"We're in the entertainment business with the stadium and minor league baseball, and I think this just steps up to the plate and we'll have the best scoreboard in the entire Southern League," said Glavan.
The council also voted unanimously to pay $7,000 to have the scoreboard designed. Bennett and Glavan both say it's the first unanimous vote by the council on anything baseball related to date. Which, both men say, was a great way to close the last council meeting of 2014.