Stadium construction is ahead of schedule, but the Biloxi Shuckers will probably play at least 15 games in their old hometown of Huntsville, Ala, and may play May 6 series with the Mississippi Braves in Pearl, general manager Buck Rogers told The Huntsville Times today.
The league is adjusting the stadium on the assumption the stadium won’t be ready until June.
The Shuckers have held on to their lease of Joe Davis Stadium in Huntsville in case the MGM Park at Beau Rivage was not completed in time. Original estimates put completion of the $36 million stadium on Highway 90 in Biloxi at July or August, but construction is moving ahead of schedule.
Read the Mark McCarter’s story in the Huntsville Times here.
And here’s more from the Associated Press …
The Biloxi Shuckers, formerly the Huntsville Stars, will play at least 15 home games at Joe W. Davis Stadium this summer.
The Southern League is sending a revised 2015 schedule, noting the reshuffling of games to Huntsville, Alabama. The Stars, owned by Ken Young and other partners, have a lease with the City of Huntsville for the use of the stadium through the end of this season.
The Shuckers, the Class AA affiliate of the Brewers, will be playing in a new stadium in Biloxi but the park remains under construction.
General Manager Buck Rogers said the first home series on April 20-24 against the Jacksonville Suns in Jacksonville, Florida.
The next three home series will be played in Huntsville. The Shuckers will also move a May 6 home stand to Pearl, Mississippi, where they will play the Mississippi Braves.
“In fairness to the rest of our teams, the league, the umpires, our parent club the Brewers, we had to make a backup plan,” said Rogers.
MGM Park is currently under construction on U.S. Highway 90 across the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi.
Rogers said if MGM Park is ready after the completion of the team’s first four originally planned home series, the Shuckers could be play their first series in Biloxi starting on June 6 against the Mobile BayBears.
Rogers said once he receives official word when MGM Park will be able to open, he will notify the league and within seven days, all Shuckers home games will be played in Biloxi.
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