Today was truly a historic day for Biloxi. It was all hands on deck when all parties involved made it official by turning the dirt. After ten years of trying, the City of Biloxi has officially kicked off the construction of the baseball stadium downtown with a groundbreaking ceremony. Windy Swetman, Harrison County Supervisor of District 1, says, "A year from now, Biloxi will hear the sound of the crack of the bat, the crowd cheering." Kathleen Seymour and her husband live right around the corner from where the action will be. Seymour says, "We plan to buy season tickets and to attend the games. In fact, we'll be able to walk down from our house." The Seymours moved to Biloxi from California two years ago and their baseball enthusiasm crosses state lines. Seymour also says, "I love the Dodgers, but I'm going to transfer my allegiance down here now." It has been ten years in the making to bring baseball to Biloxi and the city is looking forward to the project that will not only help the city, but the state as well.
Governor Phil Bryant, who attended the event, says, "Ten million dollars in new visitors, 300,000 people, 342 direct and indirect jobs, 200 direct, this is an economic development at the highest magnitude." Now that the stadium project is underway, the only question left is what will the name of the team be? The people want it to make sure it represents the city that fought for it for over a decade. Tim Bennett, a co-owner of the future team, says, "This destiny is yours. The future is yours. This team is yours." On the backs of the customized jerseys of all the big players is a big 15, recognizing the year the stadium needs to be completed for the all-star team to make it to Biloxi.