BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The 2017 season of Biloxi Shuckers baseball is right around the corner. Tickets for home games went on sale Monday. The club is hoping for a banner year, even while the team's ownership and the city of Biloxi are in a battle over money.
The field is being groomed at MGM Park for the home opener April 12 against Pensacola. The team hopes to boost what has been lackluster attendance in the first two seasons by putting an emphasis on promotions.
"Every Monday will be military Monday. Tuesday we're doing a two for Tuesday offer. Every Wednesday is all you can eat. Thursday is thirsty Thursday with $2 Yuengling. Every Friday is a giveaway, Saturday fireworks and on Sunday, family fun day," said Director of Media Chris Harris.
Shuckers players are getting in the swing of things with their major league affiliate, the Milwaukee Brewers, before arriving on the coast.
"Sunday was the day for minor league players to report to spring training. Minor league games for spring training start next week. A lot of Shuckers have been playing in games for the Brewers. They'll be arriving here in Biloxi on April 3," said Harris.
Meanwhile, the city of Biloxi filed a complaint in December claiming the team owes money on the MGM Park lease. Biloxi is also demanding paperwork detailing ticket sales, advertising revenue generated from video board sales, and improvements made to the stadium.
A city official told WLOX News Now talks to resolve the issues are continuing.
The team and the city are partners. Biloxi receives $2 from every ticket sold, so going to court is a last resort.The preference is to negotiate.
Season three for minor league baseball in Biloxi is almost here and the team is going into the season with a positive attitude.