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Mixed feelings for business owners after Shuckers inaugural game

Adventures Pub and Spirits (Photo source: WLOX) Adventures Pub and Spirits (Photo source: WLOX)
Zeppelin's Pizzeria and Bar (Photo source: WLOX) Zeppelin's Pizzeria and Bar (Photo source: WLOX)
Now that the Shuckers are officially home, businesses say they won't give up hope for wins both on and off the field. (Photo source: WLOX) Now that the Shuckers are officially home, businesses say they won't give up hope for wins both on and off the field. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

The inaugural home game for the Biloxi Shuckers brought excitement both on the field and in surrounding businesses. Like the thousands of fans that filled the streets, many downtown merchants were ready for the team to play ball at home. They were also looking forward to the extra business in the city, but the results for downtown business owners were mixed.

Adventures Pub and Spirits was just one of many bars in the downtown Biloxi area that has been waiting to welcome baseball to the city. Business on game day wasn't what they were hoping for.

"With the tailgating going at the Vieux Marche, there were so many people out just around that there wasn't as many people coming in and dining or having a drink," bartender Mary McCombs said.

Even though business was a little slow before the game, McCombs said things picked up after the game. She still looks forward to the Shuckers bringing in more business as the season continues.

"I really hope this is going to bring an economic boost, because we're going to have visiting teams as well as people who've never been here following those teams, and maybe they'll become repeat guests and visitors on the Gulf Coast," McCombs said.

Things were a bit different about a block over at Zeppelin's Pizzeria and Bar.

"Yesterday was great. We had a lot of people in and out trying to escape the heat. Just having the extra buzz in the air, everybody is super excited about it," restaurant manager Erin Valencia said.

"It was really busy during the day, and then at night, when everyone was at the game, it was kind of slower, but it picked back up after the game ended, and everyone was happy," bartender Michael Johnson said.

Valencia said she wasn't 100 percent sure if the game was going to happen, so she was preparing her staff at the last minute for the unknown. She said overall, she was pleased with the turnout of business and looks forward to even more.

"You know, I don't think anyone really knew until game day actually happened, but everyone was really happy. Everyone was pleased, and everyone made money," Valencia said.

Now that the Shuckers are officially home, businesses say they won't give up hope for wins both on and off the field.

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