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Shuckers fans say patronizing downtown business is a must

Signs hang on downtown businesses to welcome fans (Image Source: WLOX News) Signs hang on downtown businesses to welcome fans (Image Source: WLOX News)
Fans entering MGM before rain forces a game cancellation (Image Source: WLOX News) Fans entering MGM before rain forces a game cancellation (Image Source: WLOX News)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Since MGM Park opened, fans have been getting a full game day experience, whether that means grabbing a bite to eat or checking out the casinos.

“It's pretty much what I expected. The Mississippi Gulf area has its own feel. Its own vibe going on,” said Lance Welch.

Lance Welch and his crew are from Jackson, Mississippi. This is their first time watching the Shuckers play, so they decided to explore downtown before the game.

“There's plenty of places to eat. That's one thing I cannot complain about,” said Welch.

The minor league team's owners and city officials want the park to be a catalyst for growth in downtown Biloxi, and the Harris' say it seems like the city is on a path to success.

“Just on the drive here we were talking about how Biloxi is revitalizing the downtown, and how there's more restaurants and more things to do especially with the stadium now to, I feel like we would spend more time downtown because of it, going before game, after games that sort of thing,” said Bekki Harris.

Shortly after the stadium opened, several downtown business owners seemed pleased with the extra patrons they were getting before and after games. Robert Burgess who is from Ocean Springs says when he thinks of coming to a game he also thinks about hanging downtown before or afterward.

“It's really only 10 or 15 minutes from the house. It's great that we can come and experience all this, and don't have to travel too far to get to it,” said Robert Burgess.

Team owners have already said they plan to make an announcement in the near future about more developments happening around the stadium.

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