BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - In a complete turnaround from Wednesday's announcement, Biloxi Mayor FoFo Gilich now says baseball will happen at MGM Park on June 6.
The mayor announced Thursday the city has reached an agreement with the Biloxi Shuckers and Yates Construction that will allow the ball park to open next Saturday at no additional cost to Biloxi taxpayers.
"We've been involved in intense, ongoing negotiations since I first toured the stadium last weekend. Yesterday, it appeared we weren't going to be able to reach the agreement I wanted, but the Shuckers and Yates stepped up today in a spirit of cooperation and we have a deal that is good for all parties," said Gilich in a news release on the City of Biloxi website. "I'm proud to say it won't cost the citizens a penny more than already committed to the stadium, and will certainly save hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional fines we potentially faced."
A day earlier, Gilich used email to announce the June 6 home game at MGM Park wouldn't be played. He cited the extra $300,000 the city would have to pay to open next week as the reason why he couldn't support the June 6 date.
"I want to see it move and open early," city spokesman Vincent Creel said, summarizing the comments made by Gilich to the Biloxi Businessman's Club on Thursday. "He's been saying that all along. He would like to see something happen. But, no more city money."
The Shuckers will play their first official home game against the Mobile Bay Bears.