State-Texas Tech attracts 5,700 to MGM Park

Wow. What a way to launch the baseball season at MGM Park.

A throng of 5,752 fans were in Biloxi’s downtown ball park Tuesday evening to see the 13th-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs best No. 2 Texas Tech 6-3.

“We put a lot of work into making this happen,” said Hunter Reed, general manager of MGM Park-based Biloxi Shuckers. “It was a great turnout. Every seat was filled, and we’re looking to do it again tonight.”

Gates open at 4 p.m. today for Game 2 of the Hancock Whitney Classic, which again pits the Bulldogs against the Red Raiders. First pitch is at 5 p.m. A limited number of seats are available now at the Shuckers box office at $17, or $12 for the berm.

Reed stopped short of calling the game a sellout. “You have to remember the berm and the skyboxes,” he said. “We could still have accommodated people. It was an incredible atmosphere and we fully expect to see the same thing tonight: a great crowd and outstanding college baseball.”

For the record, says Fire Chief Joe Boney, the baseball configuration at MGM Park is 6,076.

Said Reed: “And we’re hoping to be right on it tonight.”

Battle at the Beach: MGM Park will host six high school baseball games during the annual Battle at the Beach tournament Thursday through Saturday. Local high school baseball teams and teams from around the Southeast will be on the diamond.
See the crowds and action from Tuesday night
Read more about the Battle at the Beach

News & notes: The mayoral edition

Croatian influence: Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich spoke about his Croatian upbringing and life on Point Cadet during a presentation to the Leadership Gulf Coast class this morning at the Slavonian Lodge. To see photos, from class member Cecilia Dobbs Walton, click here.

Census 2020: The decennial snapshot of the United States is underway, and Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich says it’s vital that all Biloxians do their part.

At the keyboards: It’s true, he can’t pass up a keyboard, and that was the case Tuesday afternoon when the mayor was at the Biloxi Visitors Center, channeling Ray Charles. What’d I say? Click here.

Wait ’til you see what’s next: Sure, it’s a video that’s been around a little while, but it’s all Biloxi. To see “I am Biloxi,” click here.