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Shuckers work through the night to get ready for game day

Construction employees work through the night to get MGM Park ready for game day. Construction employees work through the night to get MGM Park ready for game day.
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

It's almost game time.


As the Shuckers and Yates Construction work toward getting that coveted certificate of occupancy for MGM Park, the work is still going strong.


The Biloxi Fire Department has given its OK for the Shuckers to play, but they are still waiting for the Biloxi Code Office to sign off on a temporary certificate of occupancy.


Co-owner Tim Bennett said that there is an issue with the city that he would not identify. But he called it “minor” and it should be resolved by game time on Saturday.


In the meantime, as the sun goes down, the work goes on.


Friday was a tense day for everyone with the city of Biloxi, Yates Construction and the Biloxi Shuckers.


But for Jason Wold with Yates, this is nothing new.


“We're used to it,” he said. “We do very fast-paced projects but this is - you know, we're two months early. So it's a whole different ... you're not working toward a contractual deadline. We're working toward a two-month early opening.”


The work will continue all night long.


“There's well over 300-400 people working,” he said. “Between now and game time, there is going to be people that don't stop working. It'll be a full shift - a 24/7 shift.”


Co-owner Tim Bennett says some of the work must be at night.


“Well we knew we were going to have to work late into the night anyway there are certain things we have to do that can only be done at night,” he said. “One of those things is continue to test the lighting on the field to make sure we don't have any dark spots for the players and also for the fans alike.”


Wold said the aesthetic work will also continue.


“We've got all the finishes being wrapped up,” he said. “Doing final cleaning, final lighting. We're trying to put barricades up obviously where some areas are still under construction where the patrons can't access that area. Essentially making sure it's the safest but most enjoyable experience the fans can have.”


He added that this has been a total team effort.


“We've got a great team,” he said. “The Shuckers staff are great to work with. The city of Biloxi is great to work with so we're all partners here. Certainly we've had issues but we have a great team we figured out real quick.”


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