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Developers and owners Biloxi baseball stadium discover what could be mistake in plans

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BILOXI, Mississippi — The city of Biloxi may have to add back four seating bays to plans for its minor league baseball stadium now under construction.

City Council President Kenny Glavan told WLOX-TV in Biloxi (http://bit.ly/1y9ThDo ) four seating bays were originally cut from the blueprints to save money. He said minor league seating requirements may require the seats to be constructed after all.

"Sometimes something like this comes to the forefront, and it's just something we have to correct," Glavan said.

The stadium is costing $36 million. Restoring the seating could cost $400,000. ,

The owners of the team recently wrote a $33,000 check to the city to add cup holders, which weren't in the plans. Glavan said there are smaller items that can be cut, as well as other factors, that will help pay for the additional seating.

City Councilman Paul Tisdale wants nothing to do with it.

"I'll vote for this baseball stadium, but I don't plan to vote for anything that exceeds the $36 million price tag," said Tisdale.

Glavan said there's still a possibility of investments from the names on the development billboard at the corner of the property.

"It's always been an expectation that this is a partnership between a lot of people and a lot of entities," said Glavan.

Tisdale thinks the city will be hard-pressed to find any more money down that avenue. In that case, Tisdale expects that additional funds may have to come from the general fund. He said that could eventually see its way into taxpayers' pockets.

Glavan said that won't happen.

"If the money doesn't come forward as we continue through the project, we'll have to value engineer and cut other things out," said Glavan.

The Huntsville Stars will move to Biloxi next year when the MGM Stadium across U.S. Highway 90 from the Beau Rivage Casino is built. Owners have said they have the option of playing another season in Huntsville, Alabama, if the stadium is not ready for opening day next April.


Information from: WLOX-TV, http://www.wlox.com

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