Project starting to look like a ballpark in Biloxi

Published: Dec. 10, 2014 at 10:23 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 11, 2014 at 10:53 AM CST
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The baseball season begins in April and the city faces hefty fines for every home game missed...
The baseball season begins in April and the city faces hefty fines for every home game missed if the ballpark isn't ready. (Photo source: WLOX)

The future home of the Biloxi Shuckers is taking shape. Yates Construction is the primary contractor on the $36 million minor league ballpark. And good weather has helped workers gain some ground on the ambitious construction schedule.

Sunny skies Wednesday meant another busy day for work crews at the Biloxi ballpark project. With the start of baseball season just four months away, every bit of extra effort will help the Shuckers play ball a bit sooner.

"They are making progress every day. They have faced no weather delays. Everything is going well," said City of Biloxi spokesman Vincent Creel. "They think at this point they've been able to trim off two weeks at the end of the schedule, which would push it back to July."

Giant concrete beams provide the building blocks for the on site parking garage that's quickly rising.

"At the south end you can see the Beau Rivage employee parking garage going up. And the next big thing that you're going to see, is you're going to start seeing the shape of the bowl come in. And that's going to be the seating that goes around the stadium itself," said Creel.

Baseball fans we talked with are certainly excited to see the progress on this new stadium. They can't wait to hear the words "play ball" in downtown Biloxi.

"I love baseball," said Ron Myrick, who says he's long been a Yankees fan.

We found him and Clay Daniels in the team store, checking out the Shuckers shirts and other merchandise. They're ready for some Biloxi baseball.

"Oh I'm excited about it. I'm looking forward to coming over to a lot of games. I'm retired and I've got the time to do it," said Myrick.

"And I think it's great for the whole coast. I don't think it's just about Biloxi, I think it's about the whole coast. So it's, oh yeah, we're ready to go," Daniels added.

When the stadium will be ready to go is the $36 million question.

"Progress is being made. But we just want it to be faster. And we know the contractors are working as fast as they can," said Creel.

As we've reported, the city has a large financial stake in getting the ballpark finished ahead of schedule. Biloxi faces a fine of $10,000 for each home game that's missed because the stadium isn't ready.

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