BUFFALO, NY (Bisons Release) -The Buffalo Bisons celebration of their 25th season at Coca-Cola Field will begin with the 2012 Home Opener, Wednesday, April 11 against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. The Bisons today announced their 2012 Schedule for the club’s 25th season in Downtown Buffalo, NY.
The eyes of the baseball world will be on Coca-Cola Field on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 as the Bisons host the 25th Annual Triple-A All-Star Game, presented by New Era and The Buffalo News, before a nationally-televised audience. All-Star Week will begin two days earlier on Monday, July 9 with the annual Triple-A Home Run Derby, presented by Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel.
Along with those marquee events, the Summer-filled schedule announced by the Bisons features 11 Friday games, including four consecutive fridaynightbash!® games in August.
“The 2012 Bisons season promises to be filled with unforgettable moments for our great fans to enjoy. Along with the 2012 Triple-A All-Star Game and Home Run Derby, we are planning several events and promotions geared towards celebrating our 25th season at Coca-Cola Field as the premier summer destination for baseball and family fun.” said Mike Buczkowski, Bisons Vice President/General Manger.
The Bisons 2012 regular season schedule will begin with six road games, starting with Opening Day on Thursday, April 5 in Pawtucket. The 2012 Home Opener at Coca-Cola Field is set for Wednesday, April 11 against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.
Game times will be announced at a later date. The schedule is subject to change.
The 25th Season in Downtown Buffalo
The Bisons’ 2012 season will be their 25th year of play at Coca-Cola Field. The club will begin previewing their year-long promotion with a special video on the BisonsTV HD board on Fan Appreciation Night.
The Bisons began play at then-Pilot Field on April 14, 1988 with a 1-0 victory over the Denver Zephyrs. The fourth home game of the 2012 season will also be played on April 14 as the Bisons host the Pawtucket Red Sox.
The Bisons will announce their 2012 promotional schedule during the off-season, but several year-long celebrations to honor the club’s 25 years downtown will be part of the festivities.
The Triple-A All-Star Game
The Bisons will host the 25th Annual Triple-A All-Star Game, presented by New Era and The Buffalo News, on Wednesday, July 11. The International League All-Star team will host a squad of the best players from the Pacific Coast League. Coca-Cola Field hosted the first every Triple-A All-Star game on July 13, 1988 with the American League defeating the National League, 2-1 (at that time, teams were divided by their affiliated clubs).
The Triple-A All-Star events actually begin on Monday, July 9 with the annual Triple-A Home Run Derby at Coca-Cola Field, presented by Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel. The event will feature sluggers from both leagues as well as in-game and post-game entertainment.
A ticket package including the Home Run Derby and the All-Star Game are available for a limited time for only $35 at Bisons.com.
Herd Hosts Yankees in 2012 Home Opener
The Bisons 2012 Home Opener is Wednesday, April 11 against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. Since the ballpark opened on 1988, the Bisons are 14-10 in home openers.
The Bisons have posted a winning record at home in 18 of the previous 24 seasons at Coca-Cola Field, with an overall record of 997-722 (.580 winning percentage).
Since Coca-Cola Field opened in 1988, the Bisons have had a paid attendance of 19,083,788.
Late Summer Dates Fill Schedule
The Bisons have 19 home games scheduled for the month of August, three more than any other month during the season. The Herd will host four consecutive fridaynightbash!® games from August 3-24 and 10 of their 19 games for the final month of the season are on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
Buffalo has just 17 home games from the start of the season until mid-May and their 44 home games prior to the All-Star break are the third fewest in the International League.
The Bisons will be home for 11 Fridays, 10 Saturdays and 10 Sundays during the 2012 season. The day with the fewest home games next season is Wednesday (only nine).
The July 3rd Independence Eve Celebration
The Bisons will host the Durham Bulls on Tuesday, July 3 for the 18th Annual Independence Eve Celebration with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus. It’s only the second time the Bisons have faced a non-divisional foe for the Western New York tradition. The team defeated Toledo, 2-1, on July 3, 1999.
Since the event debuted in 1995, a total of 317,519 fans have joined in the celebration of our great nation’s independence.
The International League format is unchanged from last season. Each team is scheduled to play 144 games (72 at home). The Bisons will play North Division opponents 16 times each (eight at home) and the Herd will face teams from the South and West Division eight times each (four at home).
The 2012 Governors’ Cup playoffs will begin on Wednesday, September 5 with the winner of the IL North Division hosting the league’s lone wild card team.
The 2012 Triple-A National Baseball Championship between the International League and the Pacific Coast League is scheduled for Tuesday, September 18.