Huge crowd expected for Biloxi-Gulfport game

Just how big is tonight’s Biloxi-Gulfport game? More than a thousand tickets have been sold through the Athletic Office on the Biloxi High School campus, far eclipsing the hundred or so tickets that are sold in the days leading to an ordinary game.

But, of course, this evening’s regular-season finale is far from ordinary.

The storied rivalry between Biloxi and Gulfport will decide a division or region championship for the first time in more than a decade. Biloxi is 8-2, with an unblemished 6-0 region record, while Gulfport is 7-3 and 5-1. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. on the Biloxi campus.

Athletic Department secretary Susie Seymour says interest in the game is unlike anything she’s seen in her 23 years in Biloxi Public Schools.

“We’ll probably have a crowd between 3,000 and 5,000 this evening, compared to about 1,500 to 2,000 people for a regular game,” she said. “The thousand tickets we’ve sold here does not even include what’s been sold at the junior high or at Gulfport’s athletic office, and we’re also expecting an even bigger walk-up this evening because our seniors will be honored in a pre-game ceremony.

“The best advice for people is to arrive early, be patient, and wear red.”

More coverage: Read more about the players to watch on each team, and radio and web coverage this evening by
clicking here.

Be a part of the neighborhood festival Saturday on Town Green

Biloxi’s Neighborhood Festival Against Crime takes place Saturday on the Town Green, with free food, games for children, and displays offering a close-up look at multi-million-dollar public-safety equipment. The free event takes place from noon to 5 p.m.

The gathering is the city’s version of the national Night Out Against Crime, traditionally held nationwide in August, but moved in Biloxi to November for more inviting climate, according to Biloxi Police Sgt. Jackie Rhodes.

Public-safety information will be available and children can be fingerprinted, giving parents a record of fingerprints if ever needed.

On display will be an array of equipment employed by the police special-response and dive and rescue teams, and response vehicles from the fire department.

Also this weekend: Yes, it’s the Peter Anderson weekend, and a weekend where you’ll also find performances by Foghat, Blue Oyster Cult, and Anthony Cools, and “Dial M For Murder” at Center Stage. For details on these events and others, courtesy of listings by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau, click here.

News and notes

Big-time baseball in Biloxi: The road to World Series — yes, the real World Series — ran through Biloxi in the 1930s, back when the Washington Senators used the city for their winter training and exhibition games. Author Gary Sarnoff will talk about the Senators and their connection to Biloxi on Monday evening at the Biloxi Public Library. To read more, click here.

Feed the Needy: The Biloxi Police Department is joining with area law enforcement agencies again this year for “Feed the Needy,” a program to deliver hot Thanksgiving Day meals to the homes of the less fortunate. Find out how you can be involved by clicking here.

Webcasting: This week’s City Desk webcast discusses the city’s federal programs budget and a host of other issues. To listen to the program, click here.

City Council:
The City Council’s next scheduled meeting is Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 1:30 p.m.