First section of seating bowl at Biloxi's MGM Park set in place

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BILOXI, Mississippi — Hundreds of pre-fabricated sections of seating are arriving at Biloxi's minor league baseball park, marking what officials say is a major step in construction of MGM Park.

The first section of seating has been set in place. The seats will be attached to the stadium bowl. Work will continue through the holidays.

The Biloxi Shuckers' season opener is April 9-13 at Pensacola followed by April 15-19 at Mobile. The first home stand is scheduled with Jacksonville on April 20-24 and the next home games are against Mobile on April 30-May 4.

Timothy Bennett, one of the owners of Biloxi's minor league team, told The Sun Herald (http://bit.ly/1wBZfOT ) that crews plan to install this week pre-fab sections of the parking garage — now half complete — and the first of eight 115-foot tall stadium light towers.

Biloxi will have its big green wall in center field.

"That's the batter's eye," said Bennett, and provides contrast so the batter can see the pitch coming.

It's still too early to know when the $36 million stadium north of the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino will be ready for the team to play ball.

"We're still waiting to get through the first of the year and about 60 to 90 days out," said Bennett.

The team management will determine if they need to play the first games on the road or at another location, he said.

Spring training starts in late February for pitchers and catchers, he said, and the team will be in Arizona for training all of March.

Back home, fans are buying Shuckers merchandise at stores and online.

"Our sales are far exceeding expectations," said Bennett. "The popularity of the name is growing by the day."


Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com

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