Shuckers have Home Opener on Wednesday, more Biloxi News

From:  City of Biloxi   4/11/18   GCN

The Biloxi Shuckers kick off their fourth season at MGM Park on Wednesday with a five-game homestand that runs through Sunday.

The 2018 home opener against the Mississippi Braves will begin at 6:35 p.m. when Mayor Andrew "FoFo" Gilich tosses out the ceremonial first pitch. The evening will feature a post-game fireworks show, and fans will receive a 2018 magnet schedule as they enter the park. Highlights of the five-game homestand include fireworks on two of the five nights, a pair of giveaways and promotions throughout the series.

The Shuckers actually began their 2018 campaign on April 4 on the road, with a five-game stint against the Montgomery Biscuits. The Shuckers won four of the five games. Today, the team is enjoying its first day off before returning to play Wednesday evening game.

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C Spire increases network capacity ahead of Spring Break

The city's wireless provider, C Spire, is deploying additional capacity to its mobile communications this week to help handle the anticipated increase in cell service.

The city had requested the additional service � which will include increased capacity at area cell towers and the deployment of a cell on wheels, known as a COW � because of this weekend's Spring Break event, which is expected to attract as many as 125,000 to Biloxi from Friday through Sunday.

"Our wireless unit is gearing up for lots of usage later this week and weekend, but we are optimistic that the advance steps we've taken will help minimize any problems for visitors and first responders," said Keith Paglusch, chief network officer for C Spire.

C Spire is providing the service at no cost to the city and no additional cost to users. The COW will be positioned at Edgewater Mall, near the public safety command post.

"We have an outstanding relationship with C Spire," said Biloxi Police Chief John Miller, "and the company works to help minimize the impacts from major events and programs where cell and data usage may be an issue."

Both the city and the state use C Spire as their wireless carriers, and the city this year is using text messaging to help communicate with visitors. In the past week and a half, nearly 2,500 people have texted SPBK to 888777 to receive Spring Break traffic advisories and related information.

C Spire, headquartered in Ridgeland, is the sixth largest wireless provider in the United States and the largest privately held wireless provider in the United States.

See the Spring Break Q&A and video

Keesler closing main gate to avoid U.S. 90 traffic

Keesler Air Force Base has announced that its main gate, at White Avenue, is closing Thursday at 6 p.m. and will remain closed until Monday at 5 a.m. because of expected Spring Break traffic on U.S. 90.

The Keesler Visitors Center, which is at the White Avenue gate, will move operations to the Meadows Road gate, which will be open from Thursday morning through Monday at 5:30 p.m.
Keesler's Pass Road gate will maintain its normal hours.

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