BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Thursday is opening day for another season of Bisons baseball. The Bisons take on the Rochester Red Wings at 2:05 p.m.
The Bisons have fine tuned the sights and sounds at the ballpark for this season. Two new state-of-the-art LED message boards will keep you tuned in to everything taking place on the field. However, the biggest change that fans will notice is how everything sounds. The team has installed a new, 120-speaker sound system that will make it much easier to hear announcements and music, no matter where you are in the ballpark
Buffalo Bisons General Manager Brad Bisbing said fans can also enjoy new food like mini tacos, pulled pork nachos, some healthier fare with some veggie sandwiches. The Bisons have added craft beer and wine vendors will be able to sell in the stands.
Voice of the Bisons Ben Wagner said the last game in Buffalo was 213 days ago, and he has been waiting for Thursday’s home opener ever since.
Wagner said, “I feverishly count off the days to get to this one day and launch us back into another year.”
Wagner says fans will notice the new sound system. He explains there will be more balance, less echo and less delay that happens at many arenas and ballparks around the country. He said the sound system and the LED message boards are all part of the fun, affordable family entertainment the Bisons offer.
News 4 asked Wagner about players to watch for this season. Wagner said, “On the mound Marcus Stroman, the top pitching prospect that’s here in Buffalo, one of the top pitching prospects in the Blue Jays organization. He gets the ball on opening day, he’s been electric to watch through spring training, made a bid to make the opening day roster in Toronto as well.”
“Position player wise, some young guys in the outfield. Anthony Gose is back, plus Kevin Pillar who made his first taste of Triple A life in Buffalo and then got vaulted to the big leagues as well so this should be a really exciting team,” said Wagner.
Bisbing says the green grass took a lot of careful care.
“The field’s in great shape. The head groundskeeper has done a great job.” Bisbing said, “It presented a few challenges, but we’ve got a great field and we’ve got a great staff. They’re going to have the field ready for opening day.”
Thursday, fans will share the stands with some workers who helped us get through the winter.
Bisbing said, “We’ve distributed free tickets to a lot of the area snow plow drivers, so after all the work that they have done, clearing the streets this winter. Hopefully, they can relax today and enjoy a game a baseball.”