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Officials confident they can handle game day parking, traffic issues

Biloxi Police Chief John Miller, left, and Maj. Jim Adamo look over the parking map in downtown Biloxi before Wednesday's press conference about game day preparations for the Biloxi Shuckers first game at MGM Park. Biloxi Police Chief John Miller, left, and Maj. Jim Adamo look over the parking map in downtown Biloxi before Wednesday's press conference about game day preparations for the Biloxi Shuckers first game at MGM Park.
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - It's just days away from one of the biggest parties in Biloxi since Mardi Gras as the Shuckers and fans celebrate the team's first game at MGM Park.

The ultimate Game day experience organized by Main Street Biloxi will have all kinds of activities and entertainment from 12:45 to 6 p.m.

But what it might not have enough of is parking in the downtown area.

However, in a last review before the big day, officials are optimistic that the party - and the game - will both be successful.

Officials say they know big events. And this won't be any more difficult than others.

“I don't think it's going to be that complicated,” said Biloxi Police Chief John Miller. “Traffic will just be thick. It will be fluid if we have to change some of the ways we're doing things, we see it's not working. We'll certainly do that just like we do with all big events.”

Biloxi Mayor FoFo Gilich has these tips:

“We're also asking our people, and our downtown businesses to remember that this is our first day,” he said. “Be patient. Carpool. Arrive early.”

While there are 8,563 public and private parking spaces in downtown Biloxi, chances are most won't get to use them.

But if you are going to the pre-game celebration before the Shuckers game, you might not be able to get one of them.

The city's best suggestion is to take advantage of joint program with Coast Transit Authority and the casinos.

From 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, you can park at any east Biloxi casino and get taken by the CTA's Casino Hopper to downtown for free.

There, fans can enjoy all the events as part of the celebration free from vehicular traffic along Howard Avenue from Caillavet to Reynoir.

More than two dozen police officers will be in the area helping pedestrians, but once they are in the game, officers still will be on the lookout.

“Sometimes, when we have large events like this, you may have undesirable people who show up, looking to profit from it,” Miller said. “Well I want those folks to know we will have officers all out in all the parking areas looking for things like that.”

He added that people can help by taking a few simple steps.

“Lock things up, put them in your truck,” he said. “Don't leave things laying out in plain view. But, we're going to be safe and if the burglars are going to be here, we're going to making some arrests.”

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