Funding Approved for Baseball Stadium in Biloxi

Contributor: Nick Patrick
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Updated: 2/11/2014 6:46 pm
The city has gone to bat for baseball in Biloxi by accepting a grant from the state worth 15 million dollars and approving the sale of 21 million dollars in bonds. Although the site across from the Beau Rivage is still just a parking lot, construction can finally move forward. The City of Biloxi stepped up to the plate, approving 21 million dollars in bonds to build a new baseball stadium in the downtown area. Cliff Kirkland, the Gaming Division Director, says, "It’s a great deal. Who else has come to the City of Biloxi in our lifetime, outside of the casinos, offering to invest 56 million dollars in downtown Biloxi?" In fact, it sounded somewhat like a stadium at the council meeting, as most of the crowd cheered in support of the council's somewhat controversial decision. For some, it means years of hard work coming to fruition. Tim Bennett, a co-owner of the Biloxi baseball team, says, "I’m extremely happy and thankful again for the City of Biloxi, its citizens, and residents." Bennett has dedicated a decade working to bring a team to Biloxi. He says the reward was worth the wait. Bennett also says, "There’s a risk in me going to work for the city for ten years, trying to bring a baseball team and stadium to a city that never had one and the risk has paid off."

Members of the City Council say that the next step will be awarding bids for the project as funding becomes available. Robert Deming, a Councilman for Ward 4, says, "The next step is constructing the stadium. There are going to be a lot of contracts involved that we are going to have to approve and those involve a bid process and that will be the next process we encounter." The council also approved a lease agreement with the Beau Rivage, a lease with the baseball development group, and a contract with Dale Partners and Architects who have been working on the project for over a year.

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