Biloxi has been anticipating this news for some time, but officials with the city are very excited. Even though the move just became official, expectations are high and construction plans are already in the works. With the O.K. from major league baseball, the Huntsville Stars will have a new home in Biloxi. City planners are already working to make sure the team will have a stadium to move to. Jerry Creel, Community Development Director, says, "We listened to the architect making his presentation where certain things are going to be located and where things would be located and different types of uses included in the baseball stadium." Creel, says that construction plans have not yet been finalized, however he expects construction will need to begin soon. Creel also says, "Well, I would hope that within the next 60 to 90 days that you see some construction starting on there if we want to meet that deadline."
That deadline is set for April of 2015, giving the city 15 months to complete the new stadium. This is why city officials say they expect to start taking bids on the project as early as next week. David Nichols, Chief Administrative Officer, says, "They should be out in the next week or so and they have divided it into phases. This will be the first phase, which is essentially the dirt work." Creel says final construction plans are still in the works and will need to go through the Planning Commission and City Council before construction can begin. Creel also says, "A public hearing before the Planning Commission. They will be reviewed before the City Council, so there are still many steps that need to be taken before it gets the green light." Biloxi officials say even though the timeline will be tight one, they expect no problems and believe they will have the stadium finished by the deadline.