Bisons All Star tickets – get ’em while you can
by Peter Farrell - posted 10:41 am, May 27, 2012
The countdown is on for the 2012 AAA All Star Game and related festivities, which will hit Buffalo from July 9 to 11. The Bisons late this week announced that over 11,000 tickets have been sold for the game itself, while over 9000 tickets have been sold for the Home Run Derby event two days earlier. Two other events – an All Star Gala at Shea’s Buffalo, and a luncheon featuring keynote speaker former Mets great Tom Seaver, are also sold out. No suites or party decks remain for sale, and those lucky fans who procured party deck seats in the Bully Hill outfield pavilion for the Home Run derby should get more than their fair share of fly balls and home run balls coming their way at both events.
The Home Run derby will feature three power hitters from both the International League and the Pacific Coast League. Local noted celebrities will also be participating in the event, with a good Buffalo Bills representation in the form of running back Fred Jackson, former quarterback Jim Kelly and Bills president Russ Brandon taking their swings. The Famous Chicken will also be headlining the event.
The All Star Game on July 11 will be nationally televised, and tickets for the event run $25. The Bisons hosted the very first AAA All Star Game back in 1988, the first year in their new ballpark downtown. The cost for the Home Run derby is $15, and fans can purchase the combo for both events for $35. Team officials expect the remaining tickets to sell out by the time the July 3rd Independence Day game and concert fills the stands.
Back on the field, the Bisons continue their historic record long 16 game home stand through Thursday. The team has been playing the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees as the road team these past few days, as the Yanks are a traveling road team throughout 2012 while their stadium back home undergoes a massive renovation. The Columbus Clippers, affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, come to town starting Monday for a four game set. The Bisons blew a 6-0 lead on Saturday to fall behind by a run, only to come back in the top of the 8th thanks to back to back RBU singles by Jordany Valdespin and Brad Emaus. Fernando Cabrera hung on for dear life on the mound in the 9th, but managed to notch his 10th save, second best in the IL.