BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The home opener for the Biloxi Shuckers is now set on June 6. There's still plenty of work remaining before the team takes the field at MGM Park just eight days from now.
General Manager Buck Rogers said they have a to-do list that's five pages long. Things like making sure the scoreboard is working, training the concession employees and raising the American flag over MGM Park.
"The gates are going in, the field, the rest of the warning track I was just watching. It's all happening. It's happening and it's happening fast," said Rogers.
The general manager says it's a monumental task getting everything set to play ball on June 6, and it's not just the obvious, ongoing construction work on the $36 million ballpark.
"Setting up the ballpark. For us, there's a lot of things we have to do, like all the camera equipment. The scoreboards have to be hooked up. The clocks. There's actually clocks now in baseball. I know it sounds unreal, but it's true," said Rogers.
The general manager says the excitement level is building with just eight days to go before the home opener.
"We're all 10-year-olds on Christmas morning," said Rogers. "Everybody's rocking and rolling. As you can see out here, there's a big sense of urgency this morning. I'm not saying it wasn't here before, but everybody now. It's serious business."
The excitement and anticipation is certainly building at the Biloxi Shuckers team store. Fans are buying plenty of souvenirs.
"I'm pumped. I'm excited. This is something we've all worked for now over 11 years. So, to finally see it come to fruition and have a targeted date only a week away, I'm excited," said team co-owner Tim Bennett.
Gov. Phil Bryant is expected for the opener, along with top brass from the parent club, the Milwaukee Brewers.
But, before the game can begin, much behind the scenes work remains.
"Running the video boards and learning the operation of that. Getting all the new workers in here that are working the concession stand. Our ushers, usherettes, ticket takers, ticket sellers. Getting the front office ready. So, a lot of behind the scenes work has to take place," said Bennett.