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Indoor soccer in the works again for Biloxi

Coast Coliseum officials have been in touch with the general manager and coach of the team that used to call the coliseum home in the late 90s. (Photo source: WLOX) Coast Coliseum officials have been in touch with the general manager and coach of the team that used to call the coliseum home in the late 90s. (Photo source: WLOX)
The Mississippi Beach Kings were one of the most successful teams in the now defunct Eastern Indoor Soccer League. (Photo source: WLOX) The Mississippi Beach Kings were one of the most successful teams in the now defunct Eastern Indoor Soccer League. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Right now, the Coast Coliseum isn't home to any sports organization. Since the Surge hockey team left last year, the only athletics taking place on the site have been the occasional tournament or school function. That could soon change with talks of another team taking up residence in Biloxi, and that's not all that's happening within the coliseum's walls.

Unnamed investors are the only clue about it at this point, but it is safe to say that the preliminary stages to bring indoor soccer back to Biloxi are underway.

Recently, Coast Coliseum officials have been in touch with the general manager and coach of the team that used to call the coliseum home in the late 90s.

"They want to come back, and they've always said this was a good market. It's just that the league fell in other cities," said Bill Holmes, Coast Coliseum Executive Director.

The Mississippi Beach Kings were one of the most successful teams in the now defunct Eastern Indoor Soccer League, but the rest of the league simply couldn't keep going.

Right now, Holmes says the chance of getting the team back is still just a chance.

"Sometimes it produces fruit. Sometimes you get nothing," said Holmes.

That chance is simply one item on Holmes' seemingly endless to-do list. He says the coliseum is starting to see some of its busiest times since before Hurricane Katrina. New developments are in talks, including a new resort-style hotel.

"The largest concert company in the world, Live Nation, is now starting to reroute some of their shows in here, because we are a good market," said Holmes.

He says there are constantly multiple events happening on a daily basis at the coliseum and convention center, but one thing he would like to see return to these seats is a crowd of sports fans.

"It just gets people moving. It's just another facet of family entertainment," said Holmes.

As with most entertainment, it can't happen unless the numbers work out.

"It's all about business. It's entertainment, but it's about business," Holmes said.

The potential indoor soccer investors have already held a meeting with Holmes and his staff, and are planning another one for right after Mardi Gras.

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