Neel-Schaffer hits a home run with stadium traffic study
At the request of the City of Biloxi and Beau Rivage, Neel-Schaffer contracted with Brown & Mitchell to evaluate the potential traffic impacts related to the construction of a new minor league baseball stadium/entertainment venue in Biloxi along I-110 and US 90, across from the Beau Rivage Hotel & Casino.
The potential trip generation for what is now known as MGM Park was developed, based on a proposed 6,040-seat stadium and attendance figures for other minor league teams. The parking supply of the area east of I-110 and south of the CSX railroad tracks within ¼-mile and ½-mile was quantified to determine how the stadium parking demand could be accommodated.
Parking demand and the corresponding pedestrian circulation was forecast for the stadium, which is home to the Biloxi Shuckers of the Double-A Southern League. Priority improvements for pedestrian movements were recommended, along with access restrictions and event management recommendations were developed for the proposed stadium.
The stadium opened in June 2015, and the traffic circulation during the team’s first season of play was consistent with the recommendations outlined in the study. Officials for the City and the Beau Rivage have been very pleased with the analysis and recommendations.