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City, fans, businesses get ready for Shuckers first real home game

Shuckers fans in Biloxi get excited about the first game in MGM Park next week. (Photo source: WLOX) Shuckers fans in Biloxi get excited about the first game in MGM Park next week. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Biloxi baseball will be here in less than one week when the Shuckers play for the first time at MGM Park. The city, business owners and fans are finding it hard to hold back their excitement.

After a deal was struck between the city, Shuckers owners and Yates Construction, the first pitch will be at 7:10 next Saturday night. Fans are finally getting a reward for their patience.

“I can't wait for the Shuckers to be here,” said Jonah Monson, of Biloxi. “I really think they're going to bring a lot to the Coast. It's a real good team. A lot of people are excited to see how well they've been doing.”

Before the game will be what Biloxi Main Street is calling a Game Day Experience from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The ultimate tailgate party will include live entertainment, batting cages, a Whiffle ball home run derby and many other activities. Several businesses will also participate with sidewalk offerings.

While this will be a celebration, it will also be a logistical challenge. To help with pedestrian traffic, parts of Howard Avenue and Caillavet Street will be closed a couple of hours before game time. Oh, and by the way, one of the biggest festivals of the year, the Fais Do-Do Festival, will be on the same day, just down the street.

“They've been looking at game day for months. They just didn't know when it was going to be,” said Biloxi city spokesman Vincent Creel. “But, now we know it's going to be the same weekend as the blessing of the fleet. The good news is we can make adjustments now.”

Creel said Biloxi police will be out in force with nearly two dozen officers to keep pedestrians safe, and Coast Transit Authority will double the number of shuttles and provide free bus service before and during game time.

Chef Danie, owner of Lunch, is looking forward to the foot traffic where her restaurant is located in Vieux Marche.

“There is a sense of relief,” Danie said. “It's kind of been off again, on again. We've been back and forth several times. But, now it's on, and we're going to open and we're super excited and would really like to see what it does for the business.”

Road closures:

(Games starting at 7 p.m.)

· Officers will close Caillavet Street southbound at Howard Avenue at about 5 p.m. However, northbound traffic from Highway 90 will be permitted.

· Officers will close Howard Avenue between Caillavet and Reynoir, and Reynoir and Lameuse at about 5 p.m.

· North and southbound traffic will be permitted on Reynoir and Lameuse.

· Roadways will remain closed until about 30 minutes after the end of the ball game

· Officers will be posted along Highway 90 between Lameuse and Hopkins to assist with pedestrian traffic.

(Games starting at 5 p.m. Sundays)

· Officers will close Caillavet Street southbound at Howard Avenue about 3 p.m. However, northbound traffic from Highway 90 will be permitted

· Officers will close Howard Avenue between Caillavet and Reynoir, and Reynoir and Lameuse at about 3 p.m.

· North and southbound traffic will be permitted on Reynoir and Lameuse.

· Roadways will remain closed until about 30 minutes after the end of the ball game.

· Officers will be posted along Highway 90 between Lameuse and Hopkins to assist with pedestrian traffic.

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