Buffalo Bisons Celebrate 25 Years Downtown
Not exactly ideal weather for a Baseball Home Opener, but the Buffalo Bisons should be able to get their game in this afternoon against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the Yankees Minor League affiliate, should the showers hold up. It's the 25th Year the Bisons have played at the downtown ballpark that opened as Pilot Field back in 1988. Back then the team was drawing 15,000-20,000 fans a night with the hopes of drawing a major league team to town. Today, the Bisons would be estatic to get 10,000 fans on opening day.
It's still a great value for the family and the Bisons always give fans enticing promotions. For instance, today they are offering fans brave enough to withstand opening day temps in the 40's another free ticket during the homestand that runs through April 19. Everyone gets excited for Star Wars Night which returns for the Fifth time on June 9, and the Minor League Baseball All-Star game and Home Run Derby, July 9 and 10. It's a big year for the Bisons, with the player development contract with the Mets in the balance and a new skipper in Wally Backman. The Bisons haven't made the playoffs since 2005, but should field a much better team this year with a nice group of veterans added to the mix to bring along the prospects.