Fans bundle up for Bisons opening day

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Buffalo Bisons scored a pretty nice day for their home opener in downtown Buffalo, considering Western New York’s weather over the past few months.

With the brutal winter over, the return of baseball is a welcome sign of spring.

Todd Habschied of Lockport said, “It’s just a wonderful feeling that spring is in the air and I’m enjoying this with all the fans.”

Matthew Cornado of Kenmore took his 4-year-old son. He explained, “This is what we look forward to every year, I bring my son to opening day, spring is the beginning of baseball season and that’s what we like to do.”

Faith Basil of Clarence also came with family. She said, “This is our 12th year coming to opening day and we can’t think of any place we’d rather be.”

This year, the seats were dotted with more winter hats than baseball caps.

Basil said, “Oh my God, I’m wearing my long underwear and I have three layers on top, but you know when you’re used to it you go with it and have fun.”

The diehard fans say they’ve seen much worse on opening day. Jim Peszko of Tonawanda has had season tickets for 27 years.

He said, “Oh yeah, there have been cold days, wet days, there have been rain outs and the game has been postponed to the next day, but you still come out and enjoy it.”

It was a good start for the Bisons, they beat the Rochester Red Wings 6-3. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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