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MGM Park opening brings in extra income for Biloxi business owners

Saturday was not only a win for the team but for local businesses as well. (Photo source: WLOX) Saturday was not only a win for the team but for local businesses as well. (Photo source: WLOX)
Today's game against the Mobile Bay Bears is set for 5:10 p.m. (Photo source: WLOX) Today's game against the Mobile Bay Bears is set for 5:10 p.m. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Downtown Biloxi merchants woke up this morning with a better idea of what baseball will mean for their bottom lines.

Saturday was not only a win for the team but for local businesses as well. If the second Shuckers home game is anything like the opener, business owners and fans say it'll be another home run.

"There were so many dates being thrown around. I'm just glad they were able to make it today," said the owner of Tasty Tails Seafood House, Tai Nguyen.

That was the thought of many Shuckers fans. Now that the time has come for the team to play ball at its home field, many businesses around the stadium are loving the extra income already.

"So far, it's been great. Everyone that's coming in, you can see the excitement in their eyes. They're so ready for this to happen," Nguyen said.

Ella and Eddie Lambert from Picayune definitely were.

"I'd love to catch a game ball," Ella said.

"Same here. Everyone wants to catch a game ball when they go to a game," Eddie said.

Since Nguyen opened his restaurant nearly one year ago, he says business has been steady. As Saturday's date got closer, and as more fans filled the team's store next door, business has been even better.

"A lot of people that don't know we're here, that helped us out. I mean, they're helping everyone out here. I can see already people walking everywhere. It's not like it used to be when hardly anybody was here," Nguyen said.

Now that it's game day, the streets are coming back to life. Something that thousands have been waiting to see.

"I love the Gulf Coast. I was born and raised here, so seeing stuff like this, it's very promising for the future of the Gulf Coast. Especially after Katrina, things have been kind of slow, but stuff like this kind of gives you hope that there's more to come, and this is just the start of it," a server at Tasty Tails, Chris Daniels, said.

Today's game against the Mobile Bay Bears is set for 5:10 p.m.

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