BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Southern League president Lori Webb has a vested interest in where the Biloxi Shuckers play on June 6. Her plan is to be in Biloxi for the opening of MGM Park. But, that plan could change if the park doesn't get the necessary permits to open a week from Saturday. "I understand there is going to be some decision made later today," Webb told WLOX News this morning.
Like every other member of the Southern League, Webb is anxiously waiting for the Shuckers stadium to open. "We're hoping for the best that they open on June 6 and that will be the end of it," she said. "We'll see what happens today. And if the answer is no, we'll come up with some other plan."
The Shuckers are in the midst of what amounts to a 55 game road trip. Twenty five of those games were home dates that Biloxi played in other parks around the southeast. Because those games weren't at MGM Park, the city is facing a $250,000 fine; $10,000 for every home game not played in downtown Biloxi.
The Southern League has nothing to do with the fines. And league members are doing what they can to make sure Biloxi baseball succeeds in 2015. "We're trying to go with the flow and help them out as much as we can," the league president said.
What Webb and the league won't do is set deadlines for MGM Park. The Southern League doesn't want to place any additional pressure on the team, the city or the contractor. Webb said whenever MGM Park is ready for baseball, she'll be there to help open the stadium. "We have to leave that open-ended. It's going to be ready when it's ready."