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Ballpark now 100% tobacco and smoke-free

May 22, 2017
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Going to a baseball game this season? Leave your cigarettes at home.

Bisons postpone season opener until weekend

Apr 5, 2017
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Local baseball fans will need to wait a couple extra days for the Buffalo Bisons' season-opening home game. The International League club announced Wednesday that in anticipation of the weather expected Thursday and Friday, they will move their games against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to the weekend.

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In less than two weeks, weather permitting, the sounds of baseball will be back in downtown Buffalo. So, too, will some new tastes and sights. The Buffalo Bisons will play their 30th season in Coca Cola Field this year. On Thursday, they hosted their annual preseason "What's New at the Ballpark" presentation at Pettibones Grille inside the stadium.


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A newly-published book, Baseball in Buffalo, offers images of "America's Pastime" as it was played in Buffalo and Western New York since the mid-1800s.


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The Buffalo Bisons will join the ranks of the Sabres and Bills when they utilize metal detectors at home games, beginning this spring. The minor league baseball club announced updated security measures Monday, less than two months before their scheduled home opener.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

The Buffalo Bisons have a new manager and he is not an unfamiliar figure. The club also made history with the hiring.

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For years he was a favorite at Buffalo Bisons games, shagging foul balls on the sidelines, but always on the frontline of local baseball personalities. Donald Palmer, known as "The Butcher," has died at the age of 49 in his Riverside home.

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Baseball is known as the "national pastime," but it sometimes requires a special moment in the sport to get many Americans to fall back in love with the sport. The Chicago Cubs winning their first World Series title in more than a century is the latest feel-good story for the game. WBFO asked a local baseball promoter whether it will spark renewed interest in the sport.


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The Buffalo Bisons are still in the final weeks of their 2016 baseball season, but already making plans for the off-season and next season. This includes capital improvements at Coca Cola Field, most notably the replacement of more original red seats with new, wider green units like the ones installed last year.


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The Buffalo Bisons play their home opener Thursday afternoon and fans attending the game will notice some new additions at Coca-Cola Field. The organization says it is committed to enhancing the fan experience, but will they knock it out of the park? WBFO’s Ryan Beiter has a preview.


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Switch hitters aren't uncommon in baseball but switch pitchers are very rare. In fact, the rules have been changed Pat Venditte, the Buffalo Bisons pitcher who will need to inform the batter which hand he will use.


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Former Buffalo Bisons manager Eric Wedge has been hired by the Toronto Blue Jays as the team's Player Development Advisor.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The Buffalo Bisons are hoping the success of their big league baseball affiliate, the Toronto Blue Jays, translates into more interest in the prospects playing in Buffalo. But months before the season opener, team officials are concerned about the declining Canadian dollar and how it may affect the turnout by Ontario-based fans.


Local fans ready for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

Dec 17, 2015
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The members of a local fan club will be among the many in attendance for tonight's release of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." "We're excited to see where they take it," said Chris Solecki of the North Ridge, the local Star Wars fan club.


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The families who own Buffalo's professional sports teams, another local businessman who owns an out-of-town hockey club and a major league's commissioner were all at the same table in Buffalo on Thursday. Among the topics they discussed: the intangibles of owning a sports franchise, and whether success can be measured in the same way as it is measured in other industries.

Bills' Ryan speaks praises of Buffalo at Bisons opener

Apr 10, 2015
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It was the Buffalo Bisons' day to celebrate, as the minor league baseball team opened its 2015 International League season by hosting Rochester Thursday afternoon at Coca-Cola Field. Helping them celebrate was Buffalo's new football coach.


Courtesy of Ben Wagner, the "Voice of the Bisons"

It's opening day at the ballpark as The Buffalo Bisons host the Rochester Red Wings at Coca Cola Field Thursday afternoon.

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Baseball fans have two more weeks to wait for the 130th season of professional baseball in Buffalo. As a sign that first pitch is warming up, the Coca-Cola Field grass was cut for the first time Wednesday.

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Should Coca-Cola Field -- home to the Buffalo Bisons -- undergo a modernization?  That's the question recently explored by Buffalo News reporter Brian Meyer in an extensive news article.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley discusses the future of the ballpark with Meyer in this morning's Press Pass conversation.

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The Buffalo Bisons begin another season of baseball at Coca-Cola Field. At the ballpark early this morning,  team announcer Ben Wagner told WBFO News, "Everything is getting a thumbs up  and we are ready for baseball!"

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The Buffalo Bisons open the new baseball season in a little more than a week, with new food options ready to go for fans.

Bisons name new manager

Jan 13, 2014

The Buffalo Bisons have announced a new manager for the 2014 season. Their parent club, the Toronto Blue Jays, have named Gary Allenson, a veteran minor league manager and former major league catcher to the post.

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While it may not feel like spring outside, the start of baseball season is just over two weeks away. The Buffalo Bisons open the 2013 season April 4 at Coca Cola Field and fans coming down to the ballpark this year will notice some changes.

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Soon the sound of "play ball" will echo from Coca-Cola Field in downtown Buffalo. Bisons ground crews are preparing for the new season, but cold, wintry weather remains. 

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The Buffalo Bisons on Friday unveiled their new uniforms for the 2013 season, the first in which the team will be affiliated with the Toronto Blue Jays.

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The Buffalo Bisons went back to the future to find their new manager and their new logo. 

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Young talent from the Toronto Blue Jays organization will entertain baseball fans at Buffalo's Coca Cola Field starting next season. 

The Blue Jays, who are considered to have one of the strongest collections of prospects in all of baseball, are now officially the parent club of the Buffalo Bisons.   The Bisons will serve as the AAA farm team for the Jays for at least the next two seasons, ending a four-year relationship with the New York Mets.

Toronto players over the past four years had a much farther trek, with their AAA affiliate located in Las Vegas. 

Bisons align with Toronto Blue Jays

Sep 18, 2012

The Buffalo Bisons today officially announced their new affiliation arrangement with the Toronto Blue Jays.  The teams have agreed to a two-year player development contract, beginning with the 2013 season. 

The Herd has served as the AAA farm team for the New York Mets for the last four years.  Toronto's farm team was in Las Vegas, which is the Mets' new affiliate.

Team owner Bob Rich, Jr. says the partnership makes sense regionally and allows the Bisons to benefit from a wealth of talent in the Toronto development system, which is considered among the best in baseball.   

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Before there was Coca-Cola field, the former War Memorial Stadium was once the home of Buffalo Bisons baseball. 

August 30 marks the 25th anniversary of the final game that was played at War Memorial Stadium -- known as the Rockpile at the corner of Jefferson and Best on Buffalo's East Side. 

WBFO & AM-970's Eileen Buckley put together a audio feature complied with audio provided by former Buffalo Bisons play-by-play announcer Pete Weber, now the voice of the Nashville Predators.   Weber was the Bisons play-by-play voice from 1983 through 1995. 

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Wednesday's landmark celebration at Coca Cola Field offers a chance to reflect on the high expectations that came along with the 1988 opening of the $56 million stadium.

At its inception, it was known as Pilot Field, a new-look baseball stadium that was going to be the catalyst for Buffalo's efforts to acquire a Major League Baseball franchise.

Pete Weber was behind the microphone on April, 14th, 1988, broadcasting history as the Bisons opened their new home with a 1-0 win over the Denver Zephyrs.