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Businesses will bid to put brand on new Biloxi baseball field, worth $50,000 or more to city

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BILOXI, Mississippi — The city of Biloxi is working a proposal to solicit bids for the rights to name the field at its new minor league baseball park.

As part of the lease agreement, MGM Resorts International retains naming rights for the stadium, but the city can sell the rights for naming the field.

David Nichols, director of administration, said there already is a market for naming the field.

"We have been contacted," he said.

The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1doANDK ) city officials have been told that selling the naming rights for the field could bring in $50,000 or more annually.

City attorney Michael Collins said the money will help pay the $21 million bond to build the stadium.

Yates Construction is project manager for the stadium.

Chet Nadolski, senior vice president at Yates, said work should start in the next two weeks. Crews are moving utility poles and water and sewer lines that run through the property will be removed.

The stadium is estimated to cost $38 million. The city has funding for $36 million and Nadolski said the architect has cut $1 million from the project and continues to look for more savings.

The stadium will be located on U.S. Highway 90 across the street from the Beau Rivage Resort, which owns the land.

The stadium is expected to be completed by mid-April of 2015, in time for the start of AA Southern League play. The current Huntsville (Ala.) Stars will relocate to Biloxi after the conclusion of the 2014 season. Southern League owners approved the move in December.

The city will build a parking garage and walkway to the Beau Rivage.


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

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