The 2017 season will be another milestone year for the Buffalo Bisons and their fans as Opening Day on April 6 marks the start of the 30th season in the club’s beautiful downtown home, Coca-Cola Field.
Since opening its doors for the first time in 1988, Coca-Cola Field has stood as one of the most historically-significant ballparks in all of baseball. For Bisons fans, it has also represented the home of the absolute best sport and family entertainment experience and value in town.
To continue that tradition, the 30th Season of Coca-Cola Field will include several tributes to the milestone year during every home game in 2017. A special ‘30th Season Celebration Night’ has been scheduled for Aug. 30, while the team has added Championship Banner Replicas giveaways on May 30, July 30 and August 30 to commemorate the team’s three titles in 1997, 1998 and 2004. Those nights will also feature $1 Sahlen’s Hot Dogs throughout the game. The team will also hold a special Coca-Cola Field Replica giveaway for the first 3,000 fans to take home on June 15.
A staple event for the Bisons over the past three decades has been the fridaynightbash!® series, which will include an all new In-Park Fireworks Experience in 2017. Starting on May 5, each fridaynightbash!® game will also be preceded by an all-new Resurgence Brewing Happy Hour, with gates opening at 5 p.m. for fans to enjoy Resurgence Brewing Company’s great-tasting line of locally-produced craft beers, such as the Sponge Candy Stout and Loganberry Wit. All 14 oz. craft beer flavors will cost just $3 during the Resurgence Brewing Happy Hour from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Another tradition that Bisons fans have grown to love over the last 30 years is delicious ballpark food, and fans will be able to try something new in 2017 no matter where their seats are. In their commitment to bring great local foods into Coca-Cola Field, the Bisons will now offer Ru’s Pierogis in concession stands, with varieties such as Buffalo Wing and Beef on Weck, as well as Rich’s Fried Cheese Curds. In Pettibones Grille, fans can order Chiavetta’s Chicken Drumsticks as well as an all-new Chicken Wing Dip appetizer. Also for the first time, Seabar’s Sushi will be available for fans enjoying a Bisons game in one of their game day rental suites.
Other new menu items at the ballpark include a Pulled Pork Bread Cone that you can hold in your hands, Deep Fried Twinkies, Deep Fried Pickle Spears, Phyllo-wrapped Shrimp and Roast Beet & Goat Cheese Grilled Cheese.
For fans looking to enjoy great ballpark delights on the lighter side, the team will introduce a new Blue Cross/Blue Shield Healthy Options Cart at Section 105, which will feature different items to help keep fans in playing form.
With the installation of nearly 2,900 new seats, Coca-Cola Field’s new seating capacity for a Bisons home game is now 16,907. The seating project was funded by the continued support of the City of Buffalo Common Council and Mayor Byron W. Brown in another example of the strong public-private partnerships that exists with the Buffalo Bisons.
Along with the team’s year-long celebration of 30 years at Coca-Cola Field, one of the major story lines in 2017 will be the Retirement of Celery. At the end of last season, the loveable loser of the team’s nightly W.C.C. (Wing, Cheese & Celery) Race announced its plan to retire at the end of 2017. Opening Day on April 6 will mark the beginning of Celery’s Farewell Tour, as well as the start of the mascot’s quest to get ‘Just One Win’ before hanging it up.
Earlier this season, the Bisons announced several new additions to the team’s Promotional Calendar. With the team’s annual Star Wars Night entering its 10th season, the event will now feature an appearance by the larger-than-life Jabba the Hutt character. The team will hold an Oven Mitt Giveaway on June 4 as well as an Atomic Bobble Head Giveaway on June 28 for fans wishing to complete their set. Dino Day will make its debut on July 15 while Buffalo Bills great Darryl Talley will be at the ballpark on July 13 for a very special Autograph Session and Bobble Head Giveaway. The Bisons have also expanded their popular Dog Day promotion to a pair of games this year: Sunday, May 6 and Monday, Aug. 28.
All 2017 Season Tickets, Ticket Packagesand single-game tickets are now on sale at Bisons.com. Fans are reminded that they can save $2 on every ticket they buy in advance of game day.