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Southaven ballpark concession stand fire ruled arson

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Three days after a fire destroyed the concession stand at Greenbrook Ballpark Complex in Southaven, investigators determined someone intentionally set the blaze.

Southaven police added they have several credible leads that led to this determination.

City crews are scrambling to repair the building before thousands of people show up for the famous Dizzy Dean Baseball Tournament in July.

The concession stand, which sits right in the middle of the well-manicured baseball fields, was once the pride of the park. Early Friday, it turned into an eyesore.

“The kids really enjoy this thing, but I hate that it happened,” neighbor Bruce Gallant said.

On Southaven's Facebook page, the mayor posted that the city hopes to have the concession stand repaired before thousands of baseball players and their families come to town for the Dizzy Dean Tournament in mid-July.

Every year, the event brings thousands of tourist dollars to area hotels, restaurants, and other local businesses.

On the city's Facebook, several people posted comments saying the fire was set on purpose.

“Time to lock somebody up Southaven Police Department,” Justin Brewer wrote. “Whoever is responsible definitely needs to serve some time.”

Gallant said if the fire is ruled arson, someone should be punished for destroying a building that meant so much to the community.

“It's a family thing,” he said. “It's not just the kids, but the whole family, and they ruined it for hundreds of kids.”

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