BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The lights are off at the stadium, it's empty, even more so than normal. It's the end of an era for baseball in Buffalo. The pro-team that called Buffalo home this season is in the playoffs.
The Toronto Blue Jays playoff run is an incredibly proud moment for the city's permanent team, the Bisons.
"To really have an ownership over that, to know that we helped get them to where they are, is going to be a completely different experience rooting for them,” said Anthony Sprague, the general manger of the Buffalo Bisons.
The Union Pub, right across the street from Sahlen Field, got an extra boost from the Blue Jays being in town. The bar wasn't turning people away to watch the pro team play in the first round of the playoffs, but they're excited, nonetheless.
“Any part of playoffs is exciting for Buffalo. So, I think a lot of people are enjoying that we are part of that right now,” said Michelle Micotera with Union Pub.
Mayor Byron Brown recently tweeted the idea of hosting Blue Jays games in Buffalo during a normal season. Something that isn't easily done according to the general manager of the Bisons
“It's a tough situation, a few years ago Major League Baseball had kind of determined there can be no regular season games outside of the facilities that are there, and even exhibition games are challenging,” said Sprague.