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Biloxi Blues Deepen as Fines Loom Over Ballpark Built With Bonds

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Biloxi sold $21 million of bonds to pay for a baseball stadium, lured the Shuckers to town and auditioned singers for the national anthem. It’s now racing to avoid losses because the team has nowhere to play.

The Mississippi city, with a population of 45,000, may decide March 24 whether to spend an extra $1 million to complete work on the ballpark before Aug. 31, when it’s set to be finished. If the stadium isn’t ready when the season starts on April 9, Biloxi may have to pay $10,000 in fines for every game that can’t be played there. It also stands to forgo thousands more in tax revenue anticipated from visiting fans.