The Minor League Season started back in the beginning of April. But, for the Double A Southern League Biloxi Shuckers, they have been staying in hotel rooms since Spring Training started back in February all because their brand new stadium, MGM Park, wasn’t ready. But, come June 6th, that is all going to change.
The Shuckers announced today that they are “anticipating” playing their first home game on June 6th against the Mobile Bay Bears at 7:10 pm. They feel so confident that they followed up the announcement by adding that individual tickets would go on sale this Wednesday at 10 am. Given all the past problems and delays, this is quite a development for the Brewers’ Double-A farm team, and one that the City of Biloxi definitely will welcome.
The team left Huntsville, Alabama, somewhat abruptly after the 2014 season. Shortly after the 2015 year rang in, it was discovered that there was no way that the MGM Park would even come close to being finished in time for the opening pitch of the Southern League season, and the team would have no choice but to open their season on the road. Some of the series that were originally set for Biloxi home games, were shifted to the would be visiting teams cities, while a few select series were shifted back to empty Joe Davis Stadium in Huntsville, as there was one year remaining on the team’s lease with the city.
But, in three weeks, it appears the wait is over for the Shuckers and their fans. The construction completion date was previously set for August 2015. The June 6 date is two months earlier than WG Yates Construction is under contract to complete the project. “We are so thankful to Yates and all the subs (sub-contractors) for their great efforts in making June 6 a possibility,” said Shuckers president Ken Young. “We know the community will love MGM Park and it will be a wonderful feeling for everyone when the first pitch is finally thrown.”