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Record number of fans at Bisons home opener

Posted at 7:01 PM, Apr 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-15 15:58:54-04

Buffalo Bisons hosted Rochester Red Wings for their 2016 home opener Thursday afternoon.

A record total of 13,102 fans packing Coca-Cola Field in Downtown Buffalo to cheer on the Bisons. That is the most fans attending a single Bisons home opener since 2013.

The weather even brought many Western New York families out to watch the American past-time sport. "Actually it's a nice day to bring out the kids and stuff like that,"   Christopher Tracy said.

The concession stands were booming before and after the first pitch. Fans picked up popcorn, peanuts and ice cream before making it to their seat to watch the Bisons defeat the Red Wings.

7 Eyewitness News talked to a fan named Robert Pecoraro who was standinfive years.

"I was in the military in 2012  and moved back in the area and I've been to every opening game since then," Pecoraro said.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said the city is working with the Bisons owners to invest in the Coca-Cola Field, to make sure those seats stay filled.

"We continue to work with the Bisons to make investments in this great stadium we have here in downtown Buffalo. it is a jewel in our community and it's a phenomenal family friendly attraction in the city of Buffalo," Brown said.