The City of Biloxi will be given 10 days throughout the year to use the stadium for non-baseball related events. (Photo source: WLOX)
Newly hired city consultant Cliff Kirkland discussed city use of baseball stadium, including a downtown Main Street game day event for the Shuckers first home game. He calls it "the ultimate tailgate party." (Photo source: WLOX)
Acting Biloxi Mayor Felix Gines addressed a crowd of leaders, citizens, and officials for the Breakfast with the Mayor. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -
We already know baseball is coming to Biloxi. What we don't know is what the stadium will be used for when there's not a team on the field.
That was the discussion Tuesday morning at the Chamber of Commerce's Breakfast with the Mayor.
Councilman Felix Gines stepped up in Mayor Holloway's stead as acting mayor to address the crowd of citizens and officials.
"We feel comfortable. We're going to move the city forwards and continue the growth that we're doing at this moment," said Gines.
A major part of that growth is the stadium going up in the middle of downtown. Now that Cliff Kirkland is fresh on the job as city consultant, he knows he has to hit the ground running. He discussed the fact that the city will be given 10 days throughout the year to use the stadium for non-baseball related events.
"It's a great start. It's going to be a challenge," said Kirkland.
His challenge lies in the fact that the venue he's trying to book isn't even finished.
"We're kind of behind the eight ball there in that the stadium itself won't be ready for another few months," said Kirkland.
He also doesn't have a definite completion date to work with, which makes scheduling acts or vendors more difficult. So, no plans could be discussed, except one.
Kirkland's other hat is president of main street Biloxi. "We're planning a downtown game day experience for the first home game of the Biloxi Shuckers," said Kirkland.
He described this event as the ultimate tailgate party. He said it would include meet and greets with Shuckers players and officials, vendors, and live entertainment.
Even though many details were not released, several citizens and business owners seemed to like what they heard.
"I'm very much in favor of what's going on in the city of Biloxi right now. I'm very excited about it. I have my season tickets," said business owner Roy Mattina.
Kirkland has only been on the job for a week. He said he has already initiated contacts for possible coming attractions to the stadium, and hopes to be able to announce them soon.