In keeping with a "buy local" mantra, the Buffalo Bisons are bringing four area and well-known food and beverage options to Coca-Cola Field.
And, as the team gears up for its 25th season at the downtown Buffalo ballpark, the Bisons have invested in renovating 17 of its "for rent" suites and brought a second, larger gift and souvenir shop to concourse of Coca-Cola Field.
New to the ballpark this year is Sahlen's Hot Dogs, the Charlie the Butcher and Consumer Beverages craft brews. In addition, Wardynski's, who last year began selling fried bologna at the stadium, will also be offering Italian sausage products.
"We have put a premium on bringing great Western New York flavors into the ballpark," said Brad Bisbing, Bisons' spokesman.
Sahlen's replaces Tyson hot dog and sausage products while Charlie the Butcher is filling in for another notable area restaurant, Batavia-based Red Osier, which sold beef-on-weck sandwiches at Coca-Cola Field last season.
Consumer's craft beers will be sold in tandem with other popular beers at Coca-Cola Field.
The Bisons invested more than $50,000 in upgrading the stadium's 17 rental suites that included ordering new furniture and bringing a new decor to each suite. Some had not been renovated since the ballpark opened in 1988.
And, to help with sales of Bisons' apparel and other items, the team built a second gift shop along the first base concourse to complement the Batter's Box on its third base side. The new shop is twice the size of the Batter's Box, Bisbing said.
Merchandise includes traditional Bisons' attire, special 25th anniversary items honoring Coca-Cola Field and goods tied into the team hosting the Triple-A Baseball All-Star Game and home run hitting contest, set for July 9 to 11 at the ballpark.
Bisbing said a series of special promotions are being set through-out the season, culminating with naming the Bisons' 25th season celebration on Aug. 25.