Team Owners Say the Only Thing to Stop Construction Would be a Hurricane

Contributor: Nick Patrick
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Updated: 1/22 7:30 pm
Baseball in Biloxi is set to kick off in April of next year, but before the team can start playing ball, construction on the stadium needs to begin. Ken Young, co-owner of the team, says, "The fact is, we're right there now in getting it done, so we’re so enthusiastic about really moving this along." Moving along was a major part of the meeting held by owners of the team, Ken Young and Timothy Bennett. They say they are confident in making the deadline while keeping to the budget if construction can begin by next month. Bennett says, "Given the fact that we have a little over 12 months to build this stadium, so we don't want to get into a situation where we’re pushed into trying to construct a stadium with less time then we actually have." Young owns four other minor league baseball teams. He says this is not the first time he has had to move a team to a stadium that isn't finished.

Young also says, "My first team was 22 years ago in Norfolk, Virginia, the Norfolk Tide, now the triple- A affiliate for the Baltimore Oriels and we built a brand new facility there and we still do very well there and I still have that team." Both young and Bennett say they have few concerns once construction begins. Young says the only foreseeable delay would come from a major weather event. Young closes, "Typically I look at that and because a tropical storm may interfere with the end of baseball season, in this case looking at the construction schedule, but overall I think weather would be the only thing that would delay us." The groundbreaking ceremony for the project will be held tomorrow afternoon in downtown Biloxi at 2 p.m. Young also announced a new website for the team: www.baseballbiloxi.com.




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