Artvoice: Buffalo's #1 Newsweekly
Home Blogs Web Features Calendar Listings Artvoice TV Real Estate Classifieds Contact
Next story:
Previous story:

Bisons to unveil new team store, food items

As the countdown to Opening Day of the 2012 Buffalo Bisons baseball season, their 25th downtown, draws near, the team this week unveiled yet more of their promotions, food items, and plans for the ballpark at a media event this past week at Coca Cola Field.

The team merchandise shop, a mainstay of the ballpark since it opened in 1988, is getting a companion facility. This one will be situated on the first base side and will be roughly 50% larger in space than the current store, which will continue to remain open. Team officials have recognized that the space allotted for merchandise sales is way too small in this day and age, and it was time to implement this improvement.

Additionally, the club level suites have all been spruced up and renovated, with new furnishings, floor and wall coverings and other enhancements, at a cost of roughly $50,000.

The Bisons are introducing a lineup of Buffalo favorite food items. Local favorite Sahlen’s hot dogs and Wardynski’s Italian sausage will be the new staples, as well as the introduction of famous Charlie the Butcher Beef on Weck sandwiches, which will take up residence in the stand at section 103. Consumer’s Beverages will be offering its signature craft brews near section 122.

All this and more will be part of the teams special commemoration of its 25th year in the downtown Buffalo ballpark. Then named Pilot Field opened its doors in 1988. “Many fans weren’t alive when we opened this place, but those who were here and those who weren’t will certainly enjoy the tribute we pay to this great ballpark and the great memories we all have shared since coming here,” said Bisons VP and General Manager Mike Buczkowski. This season the team will host the AAA All Star Game and Home Run Derby, and he reminded us that the first such event took place in Buffalo back in 1988. “I think the Home Run Derby was held for 20 minutes just before first pitch back then,” Buczkowski said. “Now it has become a separate event as this has become that much bigger.”

As previously announced, the Bisons will also be heading to historic Fenway Park in Boston to face the Pawtucket Red Sox on August 18, part of Boston’s “Futures Series”. Tickets are now on sale and Buffalo fans are welcome to make the road trip to Fenway and join the fun.

It all gets underway at Coca Cola Field on Wednesday, April 11. Be there!