GOP frontrunner Donald Trump is planning to come to Biloxi in the new year. His campaign announced Monday that he'll appear at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center in Biloxi Saturday, January 2, 2016.
That's the first time the presidential candidate will make an appearance in the Magnolia state during his campaign. Now, officials in Biloxi are working on plans to accommodate the republican presidential candidate, his entourage, and the supporters who will attend the event. They're looking to Mobile, AL for guidance. That's where a large crowd packed the stands at a rally at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in August. The city had to move the rally from the civic center to the stadium to accommodate the estimated 30,000 people who attended.
Mobile city leaders tell us just more than $16,000 was spent on that event. That includes costs for overtime for the police department, king cake in a jar for the national media and bus services. Many South Mississippians may not know this, but it isn't Trump's first big visit to the coast. His last known visit was 1994, when the businessman was looking to build a casino at Marine Life in Gulfport.
The Mississippi Gaming Commission approved the project, but the development never materialized. Trump is set to be at the Coast Coliseum and Convention Center next Saturday, January 2 at 7 p.m. The doors will open at 5 p.m. The demand for tickets was so great at first, it caused glitches on the site where you can reserve seats. About 13,000 tickets have been made available.