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Bisons, with only five games played, wait out the weather

Apr 18, 2018
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Mother nature has been especially cruel to the Buffalo Bisons, who saw most of their first regular season homestand wiped out by weather. They paid a visit Wednesday to a facility other than Coca Cola Field in order to keep the players conditioned as they continue through a forced layoff. 

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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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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.

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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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Albany will be funding construction projects at Coca Cola Field and for Johnnie B. Wiley on the site of the old War Memorial Stadium in the city of Buffalo.

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Plans for the 14th annual National Buffalo Wing Festival were announced Wednesday. Wing Fest founder Drew Cerza says more than 30 local, regional, national and international eateries will be serving up more than 120 styles of wings.

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A preview of the 13th annual National Buffalo Wing Festival was held in downtown Buffalo Wednesday. The event takes place on August 30 and 31 at Coca Cola Field.

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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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Coca Cola Field was filled with chicken wing fans on Saturday.

The eleventh annual Buffalo National Wing Festival drew thousands to the ballpark. It is estimated that visitors from as many as 41 states and 27 different countries were in attendance, and wing chefs from around the country presented their creations.

One of the annual highlights is the wing eating contest. This year's amateur winner is 19 year old Matt Bonanno from Rochester. Bonanno devoured three pounds of wings in 10 minutes. The contest between pro footballers Eric Wood and Andy Levitre was won by Levitre.

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A bronze statue honoring the late Buffalo Mayor Jimmy Griffin now stands outside the downtown ballpark he helped build. 

Th statue was unveiled Friday afternoon outside of Coca Cola Field in the area known as James D. Griffin Plaza at the corner of Swan and Washington streets. 

Griffin, who served as mayor for 16 years from 1978 to 1993, died in 2008.  He was considered instrumental in getting what was then Pilot Field constructed in 1988.

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The key figure in building a downtown baseball stadium will soon be memorialized with a bronze statue outside Coca Cola Field.

The statue is a little taller than the real man and he has a hair line from a long time ago and he's smiling as he begins to fire the baseball.

It's Jimmy Griffin, father, grandfather, part-owner of a baseball team, the man behind the baseball stadium.